President's Message for January
Happy New Year to you all!
Solstice is past. Day by day, sunrise and sunset stretch the light. We really should count our blessings for living in New Mexico. When I lived in Oregon, being much farther north, the dark days were so long. Here we will soon be riding after 5 pm. Yes!
A year ago, I was exhorting you to set goals for 2017. Did you? Did you actually write down what you hoped to accomplish in the coming months? Looking back, did you reach your goals? Some of them? The next important question, if you didn't, why not? Were the limiting factors things you could control...your time management? Your self-discipline? Taking on too many commitments? Or, did things happen that you didn't expect? What did you learn from all that occurred?
Last January, I was bubbling with the possibility of riding at third level. I had come to possess a horse who knew way more than I did. Then - a peacock soaring unexpectedly over a fence causing the mare a nasty fall on the lunge line, a trashed hock, X-rays, long recovery, but never to work at third level again. That goal not accomplished. What did I learn? One, how fragile these beautiful creatures are. Two, I may not get to third level as soon as I'd hoped. But I won't stop trying. And neither should you!
OK, one more time. With the year stretching ahead of you, write down what you want to achieve with your equine partner. Avoid those weenie words like "might" or "maybe" or "try". Positively state your intentions. No one else needs to know, so just put them down. Keep that written commitment somewhere only you will know. You have set the wheels of the universe in motion.
On a more mundane note, our awards brunch and 2018 general membership meeting is looming. January 13th at the Uptown Marriot. You've probably received an invitation from Winnie. Teresa has accumulated some nifty raffle items, the food will be yummy, and the company most pleasant. Especially if you are there. Do join us to celebrate our 2017 Award winners, and the coming year of shows and clinics.
My wish for each of you is the satisfaction of setting then reaching your 2018 goals. It is going to be an extraordinary year. Thank you for being part of this journey.
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