I love obstacles. Sometimes we think of obstacles as bad and challenges as good. I tend to think they’re one and the same. What makes one good or bad isn’t in the details, but how we choose to respond. The idea of a daily routine is laughable, few of my days are carbon copies of […]
I have a love/hate relationship with ground poles. They’re amazing tools to improve horse and rider skills and they’re fun! Repeatedly riding around an arena gets boring for me and my horses, potentially creating the bad habit of sloppiness or lack of precision. I love how ground poles break the monotony, making lessons more profitable […]
This may be my favorite book review ever. The product is fabulous and the possibilities it suggests endless. Horse geeks won’t be able to help themselves – but the true value of how-to books is whether or not they deliver. This one does, which is important when dealing with residual physical issues from an alligator […]
The children’s story of The Three Bears offers valuable insight to preachers and teachers. Occasionally I leave a conversation berating myself, “Why didn’t I shut up sooner?” Sometimes I’m on the other end of an unending lecture, listening past my point of interest. Exceptional listening skills guide how you both hear and speak.
You are what you do. (most.) The way to achieve excellence is making small changes and consistently building on them. Every great thing rests on a series of tiny things done until they create habit; muscle, spiritual, or obedience habit. When trouble comes, habit rules the day. Some folks believe they’ll step up in a big crisis, that something held in reserve will miraculously appear. Crises don’t make us better, they reveal our habits.
There are times in relationship when you must step back. Get hold of yourself. Return accusatory eyes from whomever is bugging you to the mirror – and settle. Horses push your buttons. Like people. Sometimes it’s purposeful, but usually it’s an emotional reaction to what’s happening. Handling frustration well is critical to the health of […]
Once a year I sit myself down for a serious talk about the same two things. Each year distractions foil my resolve to master two simple concepts. The first is simplify. The second is — Slow down! If you have one mega-calorie nutrition bar capable of sustaining life for three weeks, would you eat it all […]
You know what it’s like to make a duty call. It’s expected. It may even be contractual. You have to do it to maintain your “good person” status. Duty has it’s place – as long as joy gets equal time. The same character that decides what is or isn’t your duty guides the creation of […]
Jesus makes it perfectly clear that Faith and Worry don’t keep company. Faith usually chooses Joy as a dancing partner. Worry never leads and looks to Temptation or Distraction for a good time. Change happens; managing it well is a faith process. My husband and I are getting older. So are you. So is everyone. […]