A friend sent me a link to an article on horses used in psychotherapy. I feel re-inspired! It got me to thinking about what I appreciate most about horses; the way they can teach us about ourselves.
Horses are honest to a fault. You cannot “fake” your way around them. They immediately put up a mirror and give us a clear reflection of who we are, if we are willing to journey there. Amongst the herd everyone is very clear on where they stand and they are able to communicate clearly and effectively with each other. There is no pretending or whispering behind each other’s backs; what you see is what you get. You can put on a big show and act as tough as you like, but they can read you like a book. This is part of what makes them the best teachers – they do not lie.
Horses inspire honesty of ourselves and humility of character.
I love working with people as they work with horses. In order to learn and succeed with them you really need to be willing to drop any pretence and admit that you do not, infact, have it all together. Surprising for us all to learn about each other, I know!
Funny, isn’t that exactly the place God can teach us the most as well! I always find that when I am placed in a moment of humility (often by circumstance; oh that one day I would be able to just put myself there!) and surrender, it is there that God can meet with me and bring the greatest change and renewal in my life.
Let’s be people of humility and honesty! Bringing ourselves openly and expectantly before God to do a mighty work in us; making us better and enabling us to reach out to those around us.
I think I would really enjoy working with horses. A day spent in the company of a completely, 100% honest being sounds refreshing. I definitely feel like sometimes I need the humbling that they can provide and the “safe place” to just not have to have it all together or feel the pressure to look like I have it all together all the time. This post really inspired me to strive to be a more humble person. I also really enjoyed the last paragraph, the call to action! I really feel like striving to be a honest and humble person will enable God to work through me to do what he wants of me. Thanks for this inspiring post!
Thankyou for the supportive comment 🙂 I absolutely loved hearing what you took away from it! I AM in turn inspired by your insights, thanks for sharing!
Excellent Anna! I am so proud of you and I am inspired to start my own blog. Soon.
Hopefully I will be able to be consistent! 🙂