For a brain surgeon, a brain surgery is a common occurrence. For us, it’s… a miracle.
As we progress through different levels with an animal (or life in general), things start to become “normal”. First, even owning a horse or dog is a miracle. How is this even happening? Then we start working on something, then we figure it out, can do it with ease, and it’s on to the next thing.
But someone who sees you do something that is simple in your eyes, might be blown away. Maybe a trick you taught your animal, a dressage maneuver, and so on. Perhaps even the fact that you’re horse isn’t freaking out, aggressive or your dog is being polite and not trying to kill you could impress them!
You teach your horse to spin. For a while it is simply amazing and you’re so proud. After a while you just do it and don’t really think twice about how long it took you to teach and how amazing it is. It just… is.
Sometimes we can get so caught up in all the stuff that doesn’t seem to be working and you feel as if you’re not getting ahead. But look at where you are! You’re riding a horse. A predator. How insane is that? It seems normal, but it’s not – it screams against everything that is wired in our brain as well as the horse’s. Or, you are working with your dog and just the fact that you are communicating with another animal is mind blowing.
When I stop myself to remember to take nothing for granted, I am astounded by the little things. That’s a mind set I am trying to adopt more and more. How grateful can I be for the “little” things, all that I have already, and still move forward, forward?
Practicing it, I take lots of little breaks, especially when I feel I am pushing too hard and think about everything I have accomplished with this animal so far – no matter how small. What has improved just the tiniest bit?