The holiday season is upon us, and as I make my way through November and December, I am always reminded to be grateful for my life. I am not only grateful for the wonderful life I enjoy with my horses, but also for my success as it allows me to give to others.
Our sport is a financially demanding one. We keep our horses in the best of circumstances and take care of them to the best of our abilities. I would never cut costs on feed, footing, farrier or vet bills. My horses have to have the best in stabling, transportation and tack. I spend a lot on my own training. I go to the best horse shows.
And at the end of the year, when I add it all up, I remind myself that I could feed a lot of hungry children with that amount of money. My horses have a better roof over their heads than half the poor families in the Third World. What I spend on one horse show could buy shoes for an entire African village…
Thus, the Buddhist in me takes a very deep breath as I approach the holidays, and I remind myself to give to others. Not only to give back to the sport that I love, but to give to people in need. In recent years, I don’t give Christmas gifts at all. Instead, I try to find ways to make a difference in the world around me even if what I do is very small. Continue reading “How to make a difference and thinking about thankfullness”