A day or two ago at dusk, I was winding up taking care of horse chores. A cold wind whipped around, playing with the ends of my wild rag and sneaking through my down jacket. My fingers and toes were so cold I couldn’t feel them any longer, but I still had a chore or two before I could head inside. I longed for the warmth of our pellet stove and thought about dinner. As I started to feel sorry for myself, our two dogs raced past me, oblivious to my discomfort, playing in the sunlight and barking happily with each other. Seeing their obvious pleasure was enough to shake me out of my moment to stop and reflect. Looking around, I noticed the beauty of the setting sun’s golden rays reflecting on our indoor arena and the trail obstacles, and I remembered how much I had to be deeply grateful for.
Beginning another New Year is a perfect time to remind myself how lucky I am to lead the life I do, to have this work that keeps me with horses and the people I so enjoy, to care for the natural world that means so much to me. Beginning a New Year is a good time to count my blessings.
I am grateful for Matt and my family, for the love and support they show me daily. Grateful for my wonderful friends; I'm so lucky to have so many thoughtful, caring, interesting people in my life. I'm grateful for my animals: horses, dogs, and cats. I’m grateful for the world they have shown me through their eyes, as well as the things I've learned through them and with them. I am so grateful for this amazing planet we all live on, which I get to care for in my own small way.
In our daily lives it is so easy to get bogged down with minutiae, not recognizing the great things we each have available to us and the resources that are in our lives. My goal this year is to share what I have with an attitude of gratitude and do as best as I can with my life here on Planet Earth.
The New Year is also an excellent time to turn our thoughts toward those around us. My heart goes out to the furloughed workers affected by the partial government shutdown here in the United States. What a mess they are caught in the middle of. Here are a few ways we can help those who are struggling as a result of the shutdown:
Contribute to the United for U.S. Fund, which aims to provide emergency financial assistance and counseling to federal workers
Donate to food banks
Make a donation to GoFundMe’s relief fund
Sign up to volunteer for restoration projects at National Parks
I would love to hear what your goals are for this year. Please share your thoughts below or Facebook page.