Eyes up!

I say it about 50 times an hour while I am teaching people to ride horses, children and adults alike, need to be reminded very often, and in fact it is something I catch myself forgetting as well.

Look where you want to go.

This analogy works no matter who you are, most of the time we look where we are and where we have been, but very often, not where we are headed.

So why do we need to look where we are going? Because just like driving a car, if you stare at the dash or the rear view mirror, chances are you are not going to stay on course. More likely than not, you will end up in the ditch, or worse.

Although consequently if you fixate to far ahead, you are not going to see the pot holes that are close at hand. These « bumps in the road » could lead to flat tires, and delays in getting to your destination.

So what do we do?

  1. Park the car, and take a look at the map on a regular basis, and plot your course!
  2. Only look far enough ahead to see the road signs to know you are still on track. And watch out for pot holes!
  3. Don’t let flat tires ruin your trip. Get it fixed and move on!
  4. Don’t be afraid to take detour, or change your mind on where you want to go. There are lots of roads out there, and although some are dead ends, you can always find your way back to the highway.
  5. DO NOT be afraid to ask for directions. There are lots of people out there that would be happy to help you on your journey!
  6. And finally don’t forget, there is no final destination in life, once you get somewhere you can and should keep exploring and visit new places, learn new things and meet new people. If you think you have accomplished everything, then what do you do after that?

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