I’m learning some invaluable lessons from my young horse Remington about not only living in the moment and accepting whatever challenges come my way, but about celebrating even the smallest of achievements. Remington is a talented, smart, kind and special horse. Having just turned 4 years of age, he is experiencing the delights of youth and the normal moments of testing his boundaries. There are days when he is completely unfocused, simply consumed with all the interesting events, people, horses and daily activities at the ranch. There are also days when he is dialed into me, paying attention and willing.
My challenge has been to accept even the smallest of successes in his training. It is a delicate balance. On the one hand, I want his life to be filled with joy, fun and the adventure of learning new things. On the other, I need him to be quiet, conscientious and able to understand how important it is to listen to his human leader.
He is teaching me that baby steps are huge steps. When we accomplish something…even something as simple as backing up….it is a celebration. I am learning to let go of my adult need to make progress and instead pay attention to the try..the effort he gives.
Animals know when we are appreciative of their efforts. They show us a way to be grateful for those times when they give us their heart in even the most subtle of ways. By doing so, they help us listen to the language of our own hearts….they encourage us to remember that love is the glue that holds all things together.