One Small Step

s3I am ever mindful of not creating New Year’s resolutions, experience tells me that they are rarely sustainable. In fact failure to keep to a resolution past the point I am writing (January 13th) is high! I can’t remember the last time I made one, perhaps that was my most successful resolution…to give up making them.

It does seem a waste to let something new pass by without consideration or celebration, some small change – out with the old, in with the new don’t they say? So this year I again haven’t made resolutions as such but will be reminding myself throughout the year that I am taking small steps.
As Martin Luther King, Jr. said ”You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” and of course there are many more quotes in the same vein, each suggesting that the bigger picture is too vast to focus on and encouraging us to make a start on the journey in some small way rather than not begin the journey at all.
So this year I am planning on taking some very small steps, one at a time and focussing just on those small steps rather than the bigger picture. I will be taking some private small steps which I hope will make me happy on the inside but I will also be taking some small steps with my horses which I will certainly be sharing on this blog.
My first small step is to do something rather than nothing! The weather here in winter can be wet and windy, hardly conducive to good horse training. The last few days have been particularly wild and hostile in terms of training – literally only good for ducks and then only pretty hardy ducks! Instead of finishing up as quickly as I could and heading home I have been massaging the boys and simply being in their space. It takes me back to being a kid when you literally spent all day with the ponies and only a very small part of that riding.
So no matter how little time it is, my first step is just to do more of the non-training things that are the real pleasure of owning horses and not just when the weather is clement.
I will share more steps on my way up the staircase!
Happy New Year,   Trudi

4 Replies to “One Small Step”

  1. Certainly agree about New Year resolutions! And breaking whatever resolutions one makes just serves to bring on guilt/depression – needless! But I will try to do something (rather than nothing) every day. Now that is no easy task given our recent weather!!! But I ‘ll try….

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