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On Gratitude

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl, Writer (1916-1990)

What makes you grateful? I grew up in the era of Oprah and she has always been my “go to person” for stories of triumph, motivation and inspiration. One of the principles that she speaks to consistently is the principle of gratitude…being grateful for the things, living beings or places that give you reason to be thankful.

Writer Sarah Ban Breathnach suggests in Simple Abundance that we keep a gratitude journal, listing at least five things that you are grateful for. I must admit I don’t have the time or discipline to do this on a daily basis, however as each year draws to a close, I do take the time to reflect back and acknowledge all that I am grateful for.

I am grateful for so many things this year — a year of transformation for me personally and professionally:

  • A wonderful husband who has supported me through a number of significant changes — including my decision to depart from a long-term contract to launch The Mane Intent
  • Two wonderful daughters who continue to make us proud
  • A very large network of family and friends who have provided encouragement and support, intangible fuel that has helped me move forward in new directions with confidence and conviction
  • A lifetime of professional and personal experiences that continue to colour and add texture to this mosaic we call life
  • The continued transformation of Renegade Ridge Farm and our growing “family” who now call this place home.
Samson

Photo by Pam Koekebakker

This year, I am also grateful for a Clydesdale/Belgium cross named Samson who found us in March. Samson arrived stressed, tired and clearly worn out after a lifetime of service as an Amish horse. His coat was dull and patchy, with clumps of hair falling out due to stress. His nose bled when he got excited, he had an irregular heart beat and his eyes were distant. He was sad and it showed.

Today, Samson is a valuable member of The Mane Intent team of co-facilitators. Shedding his old coat, he’s found a shiny, healthy new one, thick enough to keep him warm this winter without additional help. His nose no longer bleeds with effort. He holds his head high. He has found his place in the herd — most often shoulder to shoulder with Raven, our Clyde filly. Her company clearly makes him happy. But the greatest change is in his eyes. When you look into them, you see gratitude.

We are grateful for Samson’s presence on the farm. As you look back on 2014, the Year of the Horse, what are you grateful for?

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