“What I’m Taking With Me From 2016 Into 2017”
Our lives are journeys full of lessons to learn on and off of a horse. Sometimes the lessons are fun to learn. Other times they come with a little bite in the backside. Here are ten ideas I learned in 2016 that I will take with me going forward into 2017.
Regarding the beloved horse, I learned:
1. Less is more. When they do something well, back off quickly and give them a nice break instead of asking for more. I’ve always known this, but I saw it even more clearly when I observed Nick Dowers teaching.
2. Horses, like people are individual when it comes to what they don’t like and what they do like. Again, this is not rocket science, but it was even more clear to me this past year. Figure out what your horse loves and give it to him. He will jump over the moon for you.
3. When I am more consistently mindful of how lucky I am to be around horses, I have an increased quality of life. This might include just seeing them from a distance. Now I feel my appreciation of them many times a day.
4. For you cutters … those darn cattle!!! I hate it when that one cow that I picked acts totally nuts in a big competition and ruins a run! That horrible feeling never goes away. (-: Luckily it doesn’t happen that much.
Regarding myself, I learned:
1. To really trust my intuition. That small voice inside really does know the way even when I can’t see it. This has been very freeing.
2. That change really is a big part of life … and don’t resist it. Love, relationships and memories will never be lost. Moving forward into a new chapter has it’s own special magic in store. Trust. (There’s that word again.)
3. To go for my dreams. Of course, like many things I already know this. But when I get the dream right, and the luster of the dream is exciting … there is true magic. Trust.
Regarding others, I learned:
1. To make investing in family and friend relationships a priority. Those connections will always be no matter what else happens. When I expect little but give a lot, I feel the most connected.
2. To forgive when something hurtful is said about a family member I cherish. The person speaking ill will is hurting, too. (Hard one!)
3. To understand the power and fun of building a team by clarifying the importance of each person’s role and expressing appreciation for what each brings to the whole. This lightens everyone’s load and brings excitement to working relationships.
These are just a few of my gems from 2016. I know we would all love to hear what you are taking with you from 2016 into 2017. Leave a comment if you like, even if it’s only one thing.