It’s been nearly two weeks since Bear and I started a new chapter in our life together. I’m pleased to say the first few paragraphs have been incredibly fun. 🙂
As I’ve mentioned before I’ve known for some time that we needed a change. What I’ve learned from this experience, however, is that when change (or opportunity if you prefer to look at it that way) is ready for you, it comes knocking. The important thing is to be aware and listen for that first gentle rap at the door so we can usher change in quietly and methodically. It’s when we haven’t been paying attention and change starts banging the door down that problems arise. From past experience I know this to be true.
If I thought about it too much I might kick myself for not having made this move sooner. The fact is, though, the timing was not right until now. Opportunity was biding its time waiting for Bear and me (mostly me, sadly) to be ready. I’d looked at potential new homes for Bear before, but not found the right fit. And then, one day last November during an online search I found this barn which, as it happened, had only one stall open. I paid the barn a visit and, after due consideration, made the decision to let change, and opportunity lead us through the door.
The rest you know.
So, I don’t beat myself up over something I wish I’d done years ago. It’s a moot point. Everything unfolds as it should, and when you follow your heart things do, inevitably, fall into place at exactly the right time. No regrets. No mourning for the past. Just a much clearer vision of the future and a toe-hold closer to a dream.
The recent hard blast of winter has been both a curse and a blessing. A curse, of course, in that conditions have been unbearably cold and not suited to riding. A blessing because the extra down time has given Bear and I a chance to acclimate to our new surroundings. He hangs out with his new friends and I hang out with mine. And when it comes to his exercise, because it’s been so quiet at the barn we’ve had free access to the arena. This means we’ve been able to play at will, which is great because it gets him used to the quirks and creaks of his new working space without me on his back.
It’s been a rather smooth transition, all in all. This tells me it was meant to be. 😉
Forsooth, a few words from the poet equine …
No way there is to know what life shall bring;
What storms shall pass or sunny days shall hold.
The best advantage is a heart that sings
So through the best and worst one might be bold.
As winter hath its fury bourn this way
And havoc wreaked for all within its path
The choice, per chance, to mope or, rather, play;
Be beaten not by Mother Nature’s wrath.
What change the winds hath wrought, what change indeed
As to a new life I am surely born.
And yet, all things that matter, all I need,
Hath followed me; for nothing do I mourn.
Thus, change hath done me good, I’m bound to say,
For happy heart of yore’s more glad today.
Nurture what you love …
©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014