Pressure. It seems everyone has pressure in their lives today. Pressure to fit in, pressure to perform, pressure to have friends, everyone seems to have a level of pressure that is almost a breaking force to their joy in life. But not all pressure is bad. For example, under intense pressure we see beautiful diamonds formed. The powerful result of positive peer pressure can cause us to reach new heights in our lives we may have not been strong enough to do on our own. Yet under intense pressure we see an entire world of people struggle to meet life’s expectations. I am sure a certain amount of pressure is good for us, keeping us moving and changing and growing. Yet some levels of pressure can paralyze our thinking and make us feel like we are failures and want to give up.
What is the difference between positive pressure and negative pressure? It is often the motive. Good motives create good results and the opposite occurs with bad motives creating bad results. A perfect example of this is a bitter attitude towards life. It will only poison our present gift of life and spoil our outlook on each little miracle of the day. Miracles, you may ask. What miracles? The sun coming up every morning, the birds chirping, the gentle breeze, the masterpiece the sun paints every evening for us to enjoy. Did you see the sun today? Did you hear the birds? Are you going to look for the sun’s suprise artwork this evening? These gifts are ours to remind us of what we have to be thankful for. It is these things we draw from to relieve the pressure this world bombards us with.
I often wonder what life would be like without this intense pressure weighing down on me everyday. I would imagine it to be so liberating as if a veil has been removed from our vision. My concern is how to find the peace of mind to keep this veil off. I believe we must pay attention to the little miracles that are happening everyday right in front of our eyes. Fear is what blinds us of what is right in front of us. How are the miracles in your life affecting you? Sometimes a simple flutter of a butterfly or a dash of a hummingbird is all it takes to remind me of how fortunate I am to have been able to witness such a miraculous creature in nature. Will we crumble under pressure or will we soar like the eagles? I personally prefer the perspective of an eagle. Fear is the downfall of so many of us. Why not see life through the eyes of gratitude instead. The view is much better up here.
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.
What is help? It means assistance of either thought or action. The first step is recognizing you need assistance. Then it requires the acceptance of such assistance. Why is this important? Without the acceptance or desire for help the game changing support could be right in front of you but never live because you didn’t follow the first two steps mentioned.
All of us need help at times. I have come to the point where I am gratefully assembling a team of assistants to help reach goals I have placed before myself. I am thrilled to share my new assistant with all my followers. Her name is Kayleigh and she is one of the kindest positive people I know. She will be assisting me with writing assorted deep content for my book. She will also be helping me with research projects outside of the home. Kayleigh is excited to join me on my journey and I couldn’t be happier to have such a believer and supporter on my team. She has mastered a foreign language, spent time abroad and now she embarks on another adventure, me. She will not regret it. I will make sure of that.
So as for my blogs, I will continue to blog and post exciting personal stories and experiences, but will be fully focused on writing my book. It is a biography and, of course, will share life lessons along with humor and excitement for life.
Joy is the second fruitage of the spirit listed in the bible of qualities we must cultivate (Galatians 5:22). I am claiming joy as I embark into the unknown of my future. Why is joy so vital when journeying forward? I am confident I can accomplish my goals, but how will I do it? I have a choice to embrace the adventure or dread the struggle and work. Who would you rather hike the Himalayas with, the joyful Isaac or the dreadful Isaac? We must remember who we worship, the happy God (1 Timothy 1:11). Sometimes the journey is the important part and not so much the destination. Why waste time and energy with worry or dread? We are all capable of much and with help from our Creator we are unshakeable.