Today’s blog owes its roots to the feeling I had when I sat down at my computer, opened the window, and let the most beautiful autumn breeze float in.
I watched my dogs lazily curling up in a sunny spot on the carpet near my feet and had no idea what I’d write about, no clue what my next blog subject would be, so I just started thinking while I breathed in the crisp fall air.
I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately, letting my thoughts all swirl around in my head while out on a run, or standing next to my pony while she grazes. I started thinking about how far removed we all sometimes become from what’s really important in life.
I, like many others I know, have been known to worry about foolish silly problems in life that don’t really measure up to the grand scheme of things. Like having a bad hair day, or worrying what someone may think of me or has said about me.
As many of you know, I lost my father in May and it still seems like I lost him just yesterday. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him and miss him dearly. I’m lucky to be blessed with so many good friends to help me get through it, and a great horse. And for that matter, 2 wonderful dogs!
I’ve had the pleasure of having my dogs in my life for over 7 years now, and they know when I’m sad or upset. They can read me the same way my horse Sandie can. Why is it that I can have so much comfort just by hugging them close? We exchange no words and yet, we understand each other. Animals in general and especially dogs or cats and of course horses, are such an incredible blessing to have in our lives. But I wonder if enough of us think about that often enough?
When we come to the barn or show up at home, our furry family members are always happy to see us. I don’t think I’ve ever shown up at the barn to anything other than a soft nicker and a nudge from my pony, and I’m certain my dogs have never done anything but attack me with kisses and cuddles whenever I walk in the door!
How many of us can say the same about fellow 2-legged beings? I mean, not in the literal sense – I’m pretty sure if my best friend ran up to me every time I saw her and started licking my face I’d have to wonder what she had smoked this morning, but you get the idea!
For some reason, the sense of calming and connection I have with my 4-legged companions far surpasses that of any human being I know. Oh sure, I have some “kindred spirits” out there whose mere presence evokes fun and happiness, but my animals are pure contentment in a fuzzy little package.
And it reminds me that not every little thing that happens to us in our lives is important. Sometimes you just have to look at the big picture to really feel at peace and remind yourself not to let the trivial things cloud your thoughts. I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has found contentment just standing in a green field of wildflowers and horses, watching the sun set.
Sometimes, the simplest things in life are the ones that are worth living.
So do me a favor fellow Horse Junkies…if you live near a park (and if you don’t, then go find one!) just go out one evening before sunset, alone, find a particularly beautiful spot where the rays of Heaven shine down on your face and the sweet smell of wildflowers are carried on the breeze.
Turn on a meaningful song (my recent favorite is “All this time” by One Republic) on your ipod/phone/whatever else you listen to through a pair of headphones, and just breathe. If you’re anything at all like me, I can personally guarantee that you’ll begin to see the world through a different set of eyes. Let your mind wander and who knows what you’ll discover…