I live in the deep south, so fresh air is relatively simple to find. A fresh attitude, however, is not so easily obtained. But I have come to realize that the more I have of the first lends itself toward helping me find the second.
In recent months, I feel like I’ve been getting hit from all sides. My job is up in the air. My home life is going through its own share of turmoil. And I’m watching a couple of friends go through major health crises right now. It is easy to wallow in the doldrums these days. And my attitude has definitely been leaning far to the negative side lately.
My daughter has been taking horse riding lessons for quite a while. But recently we switched from group lessons at one barn to private lessons at a different one. Initially, she was taking evening classes with the new instructor. But now that the days are shorter, we have switched to Saturday morning lessons. Today just may have been one of the most perfect mornings I’ve had in a while. The weather couldn’t have been nicer, and we had the whole place to ourselves except for the instructor.
While she began her lesson at the front of the pasture, I went to area behind the barn and sat on a swing in the sunshine and watched the other horses as they grazed. It was so peaceful and refreshing. I was even inspired to use that time to fit in today’s routine in my C25K program. There is nothing like jogging in an open field with the smell of hay and cut grass to wake up your senses!
Today’s time spent in the fresh air did my spirit a world of good. I could have spent that hour with my nose buried in my Nook like I usually do. But instead I paid attention to the beauty around me, and it motivated me to do something good for myself. I know there will still be times when I give in to the mully-grubs. But I’m going to try to be more positive. And at least on Saturdays, I know I can count on Beauty, Nova, Echo, and my other equestrian friends to cheer me on!