There’s No Place Like Home

I’ve been on a lengthy stint of travel these past few weeks.

First, I was in Montana at the gorgeous Paws Up Resort and attending the Cowgirl Spring Roundup, a Cowgirl Hall of Fame Retreat. Wonderful! I was honored to be a part of this event.

After Paws Up, I returned home for two days and then ventured on to the C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, Colorado. The guest ranch is in a magnificently beautiful setting and is exquisite. As always, it was fun to co-host a retreat with my dear friend Julie Goodnight, and meet new friends.

Then it was on to Bozeman, Montana, where I had the pleasure of doing a cutting clinic with folks who have returned year after year and some new students, too. I, again, had a great time. (It was chilly, but the reception was warm! 🙂

Now, I’m back home in Texas, reflecting on Dorothy’s comment (from The Wizard of Oz) when she said, “There’s no place like home.”

As you probably know, it’s been raining and flooding in Texas – not to mention tornadoes. We’ve been on the border of the extreme/extreme weather, so I’m grateful for that. Some of our friends have suffered losses and my heart goes out to them.

But again, I’m glad to be home with Tom, Nic, Jax, and Abby.

This gratitude for home brought to mind an idea that I rely on for guidance and comfort in my life.

There’s another place that’s home and that’s within our hearts.

I’m referring to our ability to listen within.

It’s reflecting on what we want to experience with horses (and in our lives in general) and having the courage to trust ourselves to make choices that align with our values and desires – and then taking consistent action.

That’s easy – sometimes.(: Until it’s not!

We tend to get pulled in multiple directions by conflicts with our own thoughts or bouncing off a variety of unsolicited opinions from others, just to name a few potential distractions.

In the horse world, we might have difficult decisions about who to listen to for ‘advice,’ what trainer to choose (or not), whether to show or not show, or whether to buy this horse or that horse.

But almost always, when we ask ourselves a question about our concerns and then get quiet, we can weigh potential answers methodically.

The right choice for us personally is often experienced within as a sense of ease.

It doesn’t have to be certainty, but instead we feel a bit of relief when we ponder a certain idea.

That place of internal peace (with or without analyzing info) is what I’m talking about when I say, ‘coming home to our hearts’.

And just like I was so happy to see my husband, Tom and drive down the driveway at home after three marvelous trips, I know that no matter where I am physically, I can always come home to my heart in good times and during challenging times.

And that is the journey of living true to ourselves.

Yep! There’s no place like home.

Jax and Abby say ‘hi’ and please leave a comment for all of us about ‘coming home’.

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5 Comments on There’s No Place Like Home

  1. Jeanne Reyher on Sun, 5th May 2024 6:27 pm
  2. Hello Barb.
    Glad you are home safe and sound. Thank you for sharing your time with us in Montana. I love this message Barb. Thank you for coaching, listening, letting me know it is ok to drift by showing me how to keep it between the guard rails 🙂
    Love you lady. Your words are a constant inspiration.

  3. Caroline Mackinnon on Sun, 5th May 2024 6:59 pm
  4. Hi Barb,
    As usual you share your wisdom and insights beautifully, thank you.

    I too have been away from home having surgeries and still hold the dream of sitting on my horse again with the dogs racing around us having fun.

    I wish you had PayPal as its the only payment system I trust for online purchases.

    Keep well in your stormy weather,

  5. Lee Ann on Sun, 5th May 2024 8:25 pm
  6. I wish I had a good comment about being home because I agree, there’s no place like it. But…..what if you no longer have a home or a family to come home to? What then? It’s an awful feeling.

  7. Renae Jones on Mon, 6th May 2024 6:35 am
  8. It was so good seeing you and learning so much this last week!

  9. Karen on Tue, 7th May 2024 3:58 am
  10. Many thanks Barb for your Coming Home inspiration. It does keep us focused on what really matters and push aside all that doesn’t. Was nice to have dinner in Montana last week. And as always appreciate you sharing your wisdom and knowledge. Keeping your family in my prayers to be safe though this stormy season.

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