I hope everyone finds their Josie. I am so grateful each week I get to see her and ride her. She is so considerate, gentle, forgiving, and caring. Some may think it impossible for a horse to be all these things, but she is. She is beautiful in form and strength. I am in love with this girl. She is supportive and patient. I am talking about my horse, Josie. She isn’t really mine but she makes me feel that way . I am hoping she will always enjoy me as much as I do her. Why do I love horses so much? Horses are better than pills in a bottle to calm your heart and soul. Trying to push myself to be more independent I am. She motivates me because I see what my life might be like if I was able to care for a horse of my own. Horses are motivation in a world of false hope. They never disappoint. Prancing high above our fears and worries they carry us thru our pain to a place of being. Happiness emerges when we feel safe and laughter and joy abound.
Josie wasn’t trained to help people like me but she chose to accept her role in being a gateway to independence. Will she know how important she has been to me? I’m sure she understands I love her, but how much, how could she? It doesn’t effect a moment of her riding to wait for praise or credit. It is just what she has chosen do. That is true giving. I hope we all find a Josie in our life, whether equine, feline, canine, or human. Perhaps we can be a Josie to someone as well.
*Special thanks to Sherry at Hoofprints in Orange Park Acres for her amazing equine program.
Everyday I ponder what I can do to be a happier person. While I am well aware of the Bible principle that “there is more happiness in giving than receiving”(Acts 15:28), I still am intrigued by how this works. Of course there is a level of joy to see someone elated to receive your gift. Yet the same joy is felt by the giver and the receiver even if the giver is anonymous.
Why does this alway work when the majority of people are focused on getting, not giving. Well just as sure as my book hits the floor as I drop it, governed by the law of gravity, the law of giving is just as predictable. Each day we must capture a picture of what our day would look if it were a great day. I am often surprised at the end of the day I have closely matched my picture of a good day. Everyone’s interpretation of a good day is different. I think you just give it your best and believe it is good enough for today. Will we dream of being joyful? If so, then giving and generosity will always be present. For dreams to experience themselves we have to have faith in ourselves and want to become something a little different with each breath and thought. We continue to evolve into a greater being each moment we live life this way. I think it boils down to either living for yourself or living to give.
I must admit I have much to learn and own when it comes to this principle. But awareness is the first step. Wanting to acknowledge our weaknesses and concentrating on better willingness to change is a step in the right direction. A good friend once encouraged me to start seeing each day as one step on a journey of a thousand steps. He encouraged me to ask myself daily, “Am I taking a step forward”, and not focus on how many more steps are between me and my destination. I am still very much stepping one day at a time. Everyday I feel I am getting faster and more efficient in my steps. Before you know it I will be running, so the steps then are nothing to accomplish. We are so encouraged with progress and we neglect to recognize it unless it is major. Let’s all encourage ourselves and others by acknowledging we took our steps forward today. Life is a journey let’s enjoy all we see and experience along the way.