In the Flow with Healing Waters
Children are good teachers
I like to fancy myself a student in this life. I am always looking for the lesson during difficult times and trying to learn from situations that come my way. I am also a mother of 4 children of various ages. They have provided me with plenty of material and are quick to remind me I am not cool and don’t really know anything. Especially my 13 year old daughter. She is smart, beautiful, resourceful and at times a fire breathing dragon. However, this week, I was reminded that children do have so many lessons for us if we pay attention. Recently, we have been searching for a horse for her. She had a long list of requirements for her perfect horse, down to what color it was supposed to be. We had a small budget. We have spent a few months now looking and trying to temper her high expectations. We have found some that were close, but double our budget, wrong color, etc. Her trainer has been saying, “you can’t ride color” etc. Well, this weekend, all her hope, manifestation and refusal to settle came to fruition. She found her perfect horse, all the boxes down to color were checked AND in our budget. So, our mini farm just gained a horse. As I was watching her joy and the way she and this horse moved together and bonded instantly, I was struck with some reminder lessons. Here’s my takeaway from my 13 year old daughter.
- You don’t have to settle. It’s ok to choose things that don’t hold the same value as others, or you can choose to let them go, but you do not have to compromise what is important to you.
- Hope is real and powerful. I was so discouraged in our search, but she was strong and knew we would find her horse. That hope created momentum to keep her search alive for months.
- There is beauty in the struggle. She was the first to acknowledge how much we learned about horses in the search. We gained important knowledge about care we would not have found if she had settled early on. It also gave us a common goal which enriched our relationship. Finding things in common with a middle schooler is a tough deal, use whatever you can.
- Manifestation is a powerful tool. I am sure a lot of you have heard about manifestation, or even practice it. Our thoughts do become powerful and can easily become our reality. Be intentional with your thoughts, creating positive things for yourself.
I am certain there will be many more lessons from the kiddos and even Zipper (the new horse) in the months to come. What have you learned from your children or the smaller folks in your life? We are never too old to learn something new and never too young to teach through actions.
In the giddy-up flow,