What does surfing have to do with life lessons?

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The Boys

I have a dear and wonderful friend who is an avid (and awesome) surfer and accomplished swimmer.  We have been spending time together lately and her presence, reassurance and beautiful spirit  has prompted me to return to my blog, deal with some radical changes that have taken place in my life over the last few months and be willing to search my soul for what is most important to me.

This soul-searching revolves around the concept and experience of unconditional love.  It all started with my horse Remington.  After spending several months at a ranch where I moved Remy to recover from the psychological and physical injuries he sustained during training, I finally came to the realization that what my beloved horse really wanted most was to go live in a pasture with other horses and no longer be asked to do anything other than just be happy. 

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Remy and his Pals

So a few weeks ago, I moved him to a farm an hour away where he now lives with William, a happy-go-lucky, mischievous and adorable 2-year old and Luke, a wise, calm and kind retired boy who is the perfect herd leader.  They have a large pasture with beautiful trees, grass and many horses all around them.  Remy is absolutely thriving.

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Remy, William and Luke

 

I, on the other hand am challenged with grieving the ‘loss’ of not seeing him every day, and the absolute hole it has opened up in my  life since I was used to spending half my day, 7 days a week with my beloved Remy.  My entire focus and commitment had been centered on the love and care for my horse.  And now, I am forced to search within myself for what my purpose really is.

I am slowly beginning to realize that unconditional love, whether it be for a person, an animal, the earth………It starts at home.  It begins with acceptance of self and embracing change the way a surfer rides the ever-undulating energy of the wave.

I am grateful beyond measure for my sweet friend’s beautiful spirit and our special bond.  She has reignited in me the desire to live a divine-inspired life, to follow my heart and to embrace change with open arms and hopeful dreams.

My relationship with Remy will be okay, albeit much different than it ever was.  As I continue to  stay centered within the grace and power of unconditional love, I know I will make the right choices and the next important chapter of my life will unfold as it should.

2 Responses

  1. Mary Muncil
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    when I read your words, Debra, “I finally came to the realization that what my beloved horse really wanted most was to go live in a pasture with other horses and no longer be asked to do anything other than just be happy”, I felt a shift within my chest and thought, “That is how I feel”….I want to stop asking myself to do and learn how to just be…be happy with who and what I am. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.

  2. admin
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    Dear Mary, thank you for your wonderful feedback! It seems like such a simple request, huh? To have “just being happy” be enough. I can tell you this: it has made a world of difference for my horse. Remy is absolutely thriving and is the antithesis of pure happiness now.

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