From the moment we’re born we’re nurtured by parents and families. Taught how to behave, how to conform. Further instilled by teachers, peers, TV, radio, advertising.
97% of us continue to follow the more forceful of humans either in the belief they have our best interests at heart, or because we believe that it is the most suitable option. We allow the more forceful and ‘authoritative’ of humans to think for us and make decisions for us while we stay safe in our comfort zone.
We remain close knit with family and friends in the place we grew up. If we’re lucky we’ll have the 9-5 job; even better, the career that pays good money. The stress, strain and often ill health is worth it. Many of us are happy with our lot. There is absolutely nothing wrong in that. But what if you have this niggling feeling that there has to be more than your ‘lot’? What if you feel that you have far more potential than your current life allows for?
Do you shrug it off in the belief that you weren’t meant to have better? I spent the biggest part of my life with that belief. If only I’d known how much my beliefs were holding me back, keeping me stuck, worse still – keeping the animals in my care prisoners, preventing them from being who they truly were.
I spent 55 years being a follower, allowing others to make decisions that would lead me and the animals in my care in one direction – the direction of the Pied Piper. You are not here to follow the Pied Piper. You are here to live your life to the full and to make your own choices.
Do you have a purpose? I’ll answer that for you. We all have a purpose; many of us are so deep into the trudge of daily life we forget what the purpose is; we let it go because it doesn’t fit in with what we must do to survive.
Aren’t you in the least bit curious what wonders await you outside the box that is your comfort zone? Believe that you’re worth it. 3% of the world’s population are brave enough to take a peek outside the box. 1% of that 3% actually took hold of the box and destroyed it – the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Richard Branson. Before they became billionaires they were (are) just like you and me.
Oprah Winfrey had an abusive unhappy childhood. She was determined she would do whatever it took to change her life.
So, you’re probably thinking, ‘what does thinking outside the box have to do with the care of animals’?
Actually, both very much relate to each other.
The horses and other animals we share our lives with deserve the best care we are able to give. I, like you, have always aimed to give my animals the best care possible. It was only when I was brave enough to listen to the whispers and see with better eyes, that I saw how my potential had been kept from me by daily conditioning and brainwashing. I was clearly giving of my best based only on traditions and beliefs I was brought up to live and work by; traditions that are now mostly outdated and scientifically proven detrimental to the all round care we give to ourselves and our animals. I had been conditioned to live and to function inside a box.
As my life has changed for the better since taking the decision to think outside the box, so has that of all the animals I come into contact with, in truly wondrous ways.
So go on, be brave, believe you are worth far more. Believe there is a more profound and magical world than the one we are raised to believe is all there is. Be inspired to think outside the box.
If you need a little support, guidance, direction, I’m always here for you.