Every Saturday I host a gratitude challenge. I share something that I am grateful for, and encourage you to do the same!
You know how Facebook kindly send you small reminders of what you did on this day, last year? Two years ago? Three years ago, and so on? This week there’s been several photos from two years ago, brought to my attention. Only two years ago, but it feels like a lifetime. So much have happened since then.
Since my daughter was born, she and I, have been doing different projects together. Two years ago we were in the middle of one of the most precious projects. We leased a small 10 acres ranch, where we temporarily fostered rescue horses in need. It was an extremely rewarding project. Something I would love to do again, at some point. I believe I’ve learned a thing or two, mistakes that I wouldn’t have to do again. If I had the same setup, I would have fewer horses, to be able to really put my soul into their care. Some of the horses that came needed extensive care 24/7, in the beginning. I often felt that I wasn’t enough. (I would consider caring for a larger number of rescue horses again, if I had more land, and more funds available.)
Today I’m grateful for this experience. I’m grateful to share these memories with my daughter. I know that what she learned from these horses are wisdoms that I could of never taught her myself.
It was extremely rewarding when we gained these horses trust. I say we, because I believe that the fact that my daughter was hands on involved in the project, helped in gaining their trust faster. Without her, I would of probably tried to be more efficient. With her by my side, I was forced to be mindful, and slow down. I am convinced that the slower pace was exactly what many of these horses needed. Some of them had experienced severe abuse in their previous life. My daughter and I spent a lot of time just hanging out with them, doing nothing, or something. Just not expecting anything, not asking for anything of them. In the end they gave us a lot.
Finding them new homes, when they told us they were ready, was emotionally very challenging to do. It broke my heart every time. Still, I am so grateful for this experience.
My daughter is 1,5 year old in the photos. She didn’t have many words at the time, but she made it very clear that she wanted to be a part of the daily care of these horses. She always wanted to come with me, it didn’t matter if it was freezing outside, or burning three digit temperatures. It was clear to me that she, at this young age, could read the horses better than many adults, that been around horses all their lives can. Thinking about this motivates me. It motivates me to do everything in my power, to encourage her to pursue her dreams, and trust her inner voice. It makes me extremely happy, proud, and thankful.
I hope that your week have been filled with good things. I would love it, if you would join my Gratitude Challenge! Write about something you are grateful for, tag your post MJP Gratitude Challenge, and share a link in the comments below. I always re-blog some of the posts that I see every week, so please show me your gratitude!
Have an amazing Saturday!