Just a blog about an Appy named Louie, a POA named Honey, his minion (me) and some faith and grace. Oh, did I fail to mention we also do cowboy and western dressage as well as trail ride? :)
7/30/21 - The Choice to be Happy
Proverbs 17:22 – A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
I am not sure that I have ever been around a happier horse than little Miss Honey. She generally greets you with ears up and a gentle nicker. Of course, she could just be hopeful for a cookie or an apple… But she is generally a happy little horse. She likes to go out to explore the world when we go on a trail ride, looking forward with wide eyes and pricked ears. Happy to see what is around the bend. If we are doing some arena work, she is bouncing through that with a spring in her step looking for the next challenge.
I am wondering, do we have a choice to be like Honey? To greet each day with our eyes open and ears perked up looking for the next adventure that is coming our way? Maybe the adage “Happiness is a choice” could be applied? Maybe when circumstances threaten to crush people’s spirits and sink them into the gloom, they need the powerful medicine of joy more than ever. Solomon is probably not advocating a superficial “grin and bear it” or “put on a happy face” mentality, but instead, a deep, abiding faith that all will be well for those who trust God.
Life’s trials and disappointments can feel crushing at times, but we don’t need to roll over and despair. Maybe the prescription for happiness is right at our fingertips? We can cultivate our faith in the good news of the One who encourages us with these words: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you may have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Heavenly Father, grant me the wisdom to look for the joy in little things. To smile at a fawn frolicking in a hayfield, the song of a bluebird, and the chatter of the Cardinal. Help me to cultivate the faith that I have in you that all will turn out as it should, in your time, not mine. Amen
“It becomes a dark time when we lose faith in each other and thus lack courage.” Chogyam Trungpa, Buddhist teacher Most of you know that I am ever optimistic, “This too shall pass” and “Glass half full”. Through everything I have had two constants pushing me forward and keeping me optimistic and looking for that other side of the rain cloud. One is my faith in God that all will be put right in time not of our choosing but of God’s choosing. The second is I have an outlet for my stress and worry, my horses. There have been a few over the years and you have read about the special ones. Right now Louie, my “Happy Appy” is near and dear to my heart. He is goofy and kind and makes me smile. A couple weeks ago I was at the farm in KS trimming their hooves. Just like trimming our fingernails. Louie LOVES to take my hair out of its ponytail. I had a different hair tie in that he couldn’t figure out that weekend. Horses like dogs or cats can tell when people are having a
6/4/21 Matthew 7:7-8 ~ “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door opens.” I think little miss Honey has been reading this scripture regularly. She has been asking and knocking at the door to her stall for treats, snacks and extra meals like a hobbit looking for 2 nd and 3 rd breakfast. She is teaching the little colt next door how to beg for snacks and treats. Louie pretty much ignores her unless she is successful in getting on of her minions (me) to give an extra helping of hay or dinner snackies. Then he joins in on the begging. Honey and Louie even do a pat down to see if I am hiding cookies in my pockets when I go in to clean their rooms! These horses have it made. Breakfast and dinner in bed, Mani-pedies every 6 weeks, spa days, personal chauffer, all the cookies, and housekeeping every day to keep their rooms tidy wit