Today I woke up to rain…again…for the third day in a row. It seems like days just run together sometimes. The fact it’s almost Christmas blows my mind. I don’t know about you, but it seems like I wake up the morning after Labor Day and it’s already Halloween. Time flies. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when life moves fast, making it even more important during busy times to remember each day is a new day. We live a day at a time, a point recently driven home by my horse, Smooch.
After being out of town for a few days last week, I arrived home, excited to see my husband, dogs and Smooch. I soon found he wasn’t as happy to see me.
A few weeks before my travels I fell down some stairs, hurting my hip, back and shoulder. As a result, I’ve given up running until I heal and find it hard to work my horse on the ground. We’ve been sticking with ground work because Smooch is a challenge in the saddle. I was eager to see him though, and since I wasn’t able to work him on the lead rope, I rationalized to myself ground work wasn’t necessary every day. I’ll just throw on his saddle for a quick ride. Not my best idea. After fighting him for about 15 minutes, Smooch bolted at a gallop for the arena gate while I hung on for dear life. Though I try to end a session on a good note, I was NOT happy with Smooch, giving him an earful as we walked back to the barn after I dismounted. I even turned him back out into the pasture without an apple or carrot treat! As I stomped back to the barn I grumbled to myself about Smooch being too hard to handle. Maybe I need a gentler horse…etc. I was finished working with him!
Thankfully, the next day was a new one, full of promise. My husband and daughter were going on a trail ride. I’d planned on working at the barn, not with Smooch. Once I arrived, my plans changed. There is something addictive about horses. I can’t say I understand it, but I’m drawn to Smooch like a bee to honey.
I hadn’t forgotten about the previous day’s experience but was over the human emotions attached to the experience and ready to try again. This time however, we started in the round pen with the orange fire-breathing dragon (my training flag-see my previous post) driving Smooch. We worked for about 15 minutes circling and turning before he was ready to move on. We walked back to the barn where I saddled him. While Mike and Grace were out riding, I literally had my best ride EVER with Smooch. His gait was smooth, he didn’t pull at the bit constantly and we both enjoyed the time. When we were done, he got a carrot AND an apple. Horse and human were both happy.
That’s the thing about a new day. Today isn’t yesterday or tomorrow. I choose whether I carry baggage into the future or spend my time living in past. Today is happening right now, this moment. It’s an opportunity to plan or create something new, set a goal, make a list, merchandise a new area in your store, write a blog post or research new products. Every day is a new day, or as I’ve heard said, “the present is a gift.” Give it all you’ve got! ~ R.