December is a magical month, I think. Of course, there’s a twinkle in the air for Christmas. At the same time there’s a sense of anticipation for the future … January is just around the corner.

Depending on how things worked out for you this past year, you may be optimistic for 2017, or you may feel a bit sad … wondering if you’ll ever be able to make the kind of progress you desire.

There’s a simple little tool you can use right now to feel good, no matter if you feel guarded or wildly optimistic about the future at this moment.

Think back to January of 2016. Where were you in terms of your riding skills at this time last year? Surely you’ve learned a lot. Even if you had time off because you were recovering from an accident, I bet you became wiser about a horse.

And how about your confidence and your mental skills? Did you make progress in this department. How, exactly? Get precise. Appreciate the times when you called up courage, felt anxious, got focused and went for it.

And most importantly, how did you grow personally because of all you did with your horse this past year? Are you now more patient … more appreciative … more honest with yourself … more generous?

You see, it seems to be human nature to either feel stuck … or feel like we haven’t done enough. We tend to feel far away from where we want to go as we wonder how we will ever get there.

I suggest you take a moment and look back to where you’ve come from in just this year alone. See how much you’ve grown technically, mentally, and personally … all because of your friend, the horse.

You will always be on a journey. There is no one destination.

As you embrace your road know you are perfect and enough where you are right now. Trust with all your heart that your road ahead will be full of adventure and growth. Let trust in your journey be part of your peace this holiday season.

Celebrate the gifts 2016 has brought to you through your horse. Surely there are more awesome gifts in store for you in 2017 … more than you could ever imagine.

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10 Comments on “PERFECT and ENOUGH”

  1. Melanie on Tue, 13th Dec 2016 7:36 am
  2. Love the trust in your journey and just a nice change for me, I use trust the process in the work I do. Going to bother your saying for while see what happens.
    Enjoy the magic of life my special angel.

  3. Barbra Schulte on Tue, 13th Dec 2016 8:32 am
  4. Hugs to you, Melanie

  5. Christy Berkeley on Tue, 13th Dec 2016 10:35 am
  6. 2016 has been an emotionally demanding year, as I continue to care for my beloved husband through cancer, aware that he is declining rapidly now.
    For a time, I felt so depressed that I had no energy to ride, but then I realized that I was simply paired with the wrong horse for me. He is tremendous, very sensitive, and could be called “hot”. I always felt that I had to be “on my game, big time” to ride him comfortably. I’m a pretty good rider, competed successfully at Grand Prix dressage as a younger woman, but age and a few bumps and bruises along the way have taken their toll on my confidence!
    I found a much more appropriate, younger, go get ’em type rider, and gave that beautiful ‘hot mess’ to her, and they are well suited for each other, and thrilled to be together.
    I found a smaller and quieter Friesian gelding whose circus career didn’t work out through no fault of his own, and I’ve found that he builds me up when I’m feeling down! He’s very smart and loving, and fun to ride, and stands like a rock to be mounted. I think he’s very happy to be in our low key program, much different than his previous life, and I am so happy to have him!
    He truly gets me through some very hard days, and I’m so incredibly grateful to God for putting us together! I think I’ll go ride now…

  7. Barbra Schulte on Tue, 13th Dec 2016 2:35 pm
  8. I know this is a hard time for you. So happy for you and your new horse. All the best.

  9. Tere Goldstein on Tue, 13th Dec 2016 4:35 pm
  10. I am currently sitting in a pile of hay enjoying watching my 24 yo Twh enjoy her alfalfa . In wonder with the reflection of our 15 year journey together as partners . Understanding how much Awareness and softness I had to develop to in myself for her and me to be seamless in our rides . Yes issues with arthritis and calmness which was from discomfort . With the patience , knowledge ,her /our career change . We have gone forward completed in schooling shows and obstacle trail competitions and Trailrides
    We have done well .
    We listen to each other with calmness and softness . We share in leadership roles . I am so glad I know enough that I trust what she is telling me and go with her .
    I am so proud of all the results and challenges we have worked though . I am so much wiser because of my beautiful Ms . Becky.
    Barbara I love your wisdom thank you. Happy Holidays . And safe trails

  11. Barbra Schulte on Tue, 13th Dec 2016 5:01 pm
  12. Hi Tere. Good for you. Happy holidays.

  13. Sonja on Wed, 14th Dec 2016 8:50 am
  14. You put some things into perspective for me. The growth of skills and confidence have been quite the journey for both my horse and I this year. I am hopeful to keep gaining confidence and skills to apply in the show pen of cutting, where it all seems to fall apart lol!

  15. Debbie Sparks on Thu, 15th Dec 2016 6:41 pm
  16. Thank you Barbara! ♡

    Happy Holidays! Into the New Year!♡☆♡

  17. Barbra Schulte on Fri, 16th Dec 2016 5:43 am
  18. You’re so welcome! Happy holidays to you, too.

  19. Barbra Schulte on Fri, 16th Dec 2016 5:45 am
  20. Good for you, Sonja! Keep up the good work!

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