Every day my horses and I wake to a fresh start; we all do. What do we do with this golden opportunity?
The horses are in the paddock, some quietly grazing, others laying down and yet others might be running around, playing a game with their mates. They have an ear cocked for the noise of the door opening that heralds the possibility of a bucket of feed, but otherwise they just enjoy the moment as it unfolds.
What do I do? If I don’t catch myself I immediately start thinking about all the things I have to do today before I can get away this afternoon for another business trip. Then I might start thinking about all the things I should have done yesterday but didn’t and worry about how I am going to fit them in amongst the fresh things I have to do today. And then …………………
Ok, stop the film, wind back. Its a new day, a glorious fresh start. Say hello mind, I know you are there but just for a few moments lets just settle into Now and let the rest of the body have its say. Breath deep of the fresh morning air, close your eyes and listen to the bird song, the noise of the horses teeth grabbing at the grass, the purr of the cat and all the other little noises in your moment. Feel the slight chill on your skin, the sun gaining a little strength. Listen to your body as it softens. Pay attention to the ebb and flow of emotions but as the mind kicks in, go back to your breath, to the feel of connection with the ground beneath your feet. Relax. Fill yourself with the strength of being in that perfect moment of infinite possibility that is the beginning of the new day. Live in the world of the horse, if only for a short while.
I was going to say “got to love your job” but that would have been wrong on at least two counts. For a start I don’t think of what I do as “just a job”. Having been able to meld my passion for my horses with a way to reach people and allow them to access their own passion for life through leadership, it is my life. Or part of it. The other part that has been keeping me away from the keyboard, and hence this blog, is my love of travel.
Its been a very busy few weeks. It started with a seminar we,
Horsanity, facilitated at the magnificent
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort in the Blue Mountains. Its an extravagantly scenic location and 5 star facilities.
From there I traveled to Daylesford in Victoria to attend an Equine Psychotherapy week long intensive. This was my final seminar leading to my accreditation as an Equine Learning Practitioner, Foundation Level based on a deep understanding of Gestalt principals.
Then after all this forced time in gorgeous locations doing something I love I just had to take a holiday! I know, its a hard life but as they say, someone has to do it. The thing is though, its about choice. I remember the day I sat in front of my coach in my former business with the tears yet again streaming down my face saying “I have no choice, I can’t leave, I have loans to pay, obligations to people, I’d be letting people down” but he didn’t let me off the hook. There is always a choice, even doing nothing is a choice.
It took me awhile but to bring it to fruition but that day I finally made the choice to live a life that fills me with joy. Well most of the time, there are somethings you just have to knuckle down and do whether you like it or not, but as long as they are in service of your real intent then that’s ok, you can survive.
So where did I end up in my travels. Well after freezing my freckles off in a cold snap in Daylesford I melted them off at the other extreme in Kakadu and Kununurra taking in the scenery and wildlife.