A story of perseverance and overcoming fear
Useful growth occurs through facing obstacles. Liara Covert
I love when people share stories with me about perseverance and overcoming obstacles. The more good news we share with each other, the better life will be for everyone.
My friend Michelle is learning how to horseback ride. Michelle is an entrepreneur like me and like most self-employed folks, we find it challenging to find time for our own rest and relaxation. For Michelle, being on a horse is her R&R. It is her great escape from the responsibilities of work. Riding is her bliss, her freedom and her great joy.
Being thrown from her horse
Months ago Michelle was thrown off her horse during a practice session where she was learning a move called “canter”. Canter is “slower than a gallop but faster than a trot”. Michelle was understandably was a bit concerned about getting back on and riding again. She wasn’t hurt physically, thank God, but she thought about all the bad things that could happen if she got back on her horse. Fear and doubt set in. Or, did she say fear and doubt rolled in and slapped her upside her face? I can’t recall.
She asked herself:
- What if I am thrown off and seriously injured?
- Am I being selfish for engaging in what some of my friends and family think is a dangerous sport and hobby?
- What if I get killed while riding? How will my family cope?
- What about all the people who depend on me like my husband, my mom and my employees?
Back in the Saddle Again
Michelle did not succumb to fear, self-doubt and judgment by others. She did not give up! She thought about the risks but decided she didn’t want fear to stop her from enjoying what she loves most, riding her horse. Michelle gathered up her courage, got back in the saddle and cantered like she never cantered before.
Here is the email story I received from Michelle on Thursday recounting her joy!
I had a great night riding. It was one of those pivotal moments when the sun, earth, sky, nerves, body, mind and soul all come together for one gleaming moment and you feel it and say it – I got it! As you know, I am not the most confident when doing the canter!
Well, tonight, I was in my canter. Horse bucked from the rear – not bad- just kicking up his heels a bit-nothing like before (the whole buck and rear you off my back episode)!
I rode through it and stayed in control…kudos for me!
I was, however, not getting him to stay on the outside rail (which means he was cantering in too close to the center of the ring—a big no-no)!
I stopped. My instructor, who is awesome by the way, said to me “Do it again. Keep him on the rail. Use your inside leg and your outside reign. Do not let him in the center. You can do it!”‘
I used my leg. I used my reign. I used my mind. I used everything that was in me and in that one moment I was a RIDER with complete control. I did it and I felt it.
It was amazing. I cannot tell you the rush and the complete sense of accomplishment within that one moment in time. I will cherish it forever!
Life is full of these little blessings, even if just for a moment. Don’t ever forget that!
Cheers Michelle and congratulations to you for embodying the “Don’t Give Up! Giggle On!” spirit. I am so proud of you. I am honored to know you. Happy Cantering!
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