This was written back in April of 2012 and is still valid every day - Enjoy!
Hello – Silence Speaks More – Kelly Adams here. Today we would like to discuss the true magic that comes out of the blue and happens when you start to think that maybe what you are doing with your life is not helping anyone and is not worth all the effort you are putting in. I have had these thoughts going through my mind – like everyone does - about relationships with our spouse, kids, family, work, everything. We each start to tally the good and the bad and find that the bad side tallies up much quicker than the good. It is always so easy to see what is wrong or bad and so much more difficult to see the good.
Over the past month we have been doing a major expansion on our Horse Business. We are adding 18 outdoor boarding pens and 3 outdoor arenas covering an area of about 2 acres. We have seen a real need in this area for a quality place that people can come, learn and play so with our labour force of 2 we are tackling this project head on. The cost of lumber, supplies, and equipment rental, not to mention the time it takes to build it all, really takes a toll on our minds and bodies. To the point that I have been asking myself “What were you thinking – it is not going to work, people won’t come, and this is all going to be a big waste of time and money.” Each of us can apply all these same questions to our marriage, family, career, small business, every aspect of our lives.
Now for the magic part. Yesterday a client came by to ride and she was talking about how this is the one place that she can come and relax and enjoy herself – the only place in her life that she can call her own and put all her worries and cares aside. Then there is the man who bought an unstarted pony for his 11 year old granddaughter and brought the pony in for training. She has not ridden much and riding the pony was scaring her so we started giving her lessons on one of our old mares. After the first lesson on the old mare he came to me with a tear in his eye, shook my hand, and thanked me for taking the extra time, effort, and patience to make his granddaughter comfortable and happy and give her a proper start.
We were out yesterday at an auction sale and ran into a man that still owned a mare that we trained for his father 20 years ago. She was a nasty tempered range mare then and still is. The mare was a 2 year old and I rode her for 90 days. She was a good working horse but always had a nasty attitude. The man’s father has passed on and he now has a teenage son that loves to rope. He was telling me that they have bought many expensive well trained geldings the last few years but when those geldings don’t work they still go catch up the nasty tempered mare that Kelly trained to get the job done. She is now 22 years old, nasty tempered, and the best trained horse they have ever had. She is always ready to put in a full day’s work but she demands to be treated right and with respect or her nasty side comes out. Thanks to this mare his son has learned to treat all horses with respect and work with them as partners.
The trick is to be able to see the magic, the miracles, and the good that you are doing in your lives. Spend less time tallying up the bad and more time experiencing the good. There is a reason each of us is here – Make your time count. Thank you kindly for listening to this old Horseman. Go out and change your world for the better.