If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time, energy and thoughts trying to make things “just right”—or at least as close to perfect as possible. Did you know that perfection leads to failure?
Think about those big indoor gardens like they have at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. There are some pretty spectacular plant specimens in there. I would expect the trees in there to live a long, healthy life–after all, they’re protected from the elements, fed the perfect diet of water and fertilizer, pruned and catered to. What more could a plant wish for?
Did you know that they tend not to live very long?
That’s right. In spite of being given the most loving care and perfect climate, those plants have a relatively short lifespan.
Because there’s no wind.
That’s right. Nothing to buffet them about. Nothing for them to strain against. Nothing to cause them to grow strong, deep roots. Trees actually grow better and live longer when they are subjected to the stress of wind. When the conditions are perfect-they fail to thrive.
Hmmm… does this apply to human beings at all?
I find it ironic that we try to avoid all stress and we resent it when others interrupt us, whether it’s on a mental, emotional or physical level. Being required to handle the rough spots is good for us. Just like the tress, unless we have a reason to grow deep, strong roots, we’ll look good on the outside, but not have anything that can keep us strong from the inside out. We’ll eventually topple over. The everyday stresses and the hard parts of our lives serve us by moving us from comfort and complacency to learning and growth.
How do horses help?
Simply being around horses has been shown to have a positive effect on the body. Blood pressure decreases, heart rates become more regular.
Besides that, learning how to handle the small frustrations that build up into big ones is a valuable lesson horses can teach. You become very aware when you work with horses. That awareness give you confidence to handle situations you once thought were difficult with ease and grace.
So, the next time the “winds of change” come along, rather than head inside “away from the storm,” why not see how you weather it by growing some deeper roots. It will prepare you for the next storm of life that’s bound to come your way. And the storm you’re in might not be as bad as you thought.