Vision and Verb

That’s Life

“That’s life, that’s what all the people say.
You’re riding high in April,
Shot down in May
But I know I’m gonna change that tune,
When I’m back on top, back on top in June.”

While taking Java for a walk, I saw an elderly woman standing at her trailer with her horse. I was wondering if there was a problem, but with Java in tow, I didn’t know how I could help her. 


Driving out of the park with Java, I saw the woman was still standing at her trailer with a phone held to her ear, so I turned around and parked by her truck. I left Java in the car and asked her if she needed help. 


She said “I sure do. I’m trying to get ahold of my daughter but she’s not answering. The mare’s an experienced loader. I don’t know what’s wrong. I’m pretty new to this so it’s probably me.”

I told her I had two horses so I could help. I’d just get behind the horse and keep her straight and encourage her forward. After a little resistance, the mare walked right on. The woman was very thankful.

I was sure glad I turned around and went back to help her. It’s good for the soul when you can be a help to someone. 

There’s been lots of “stuff” going on in my life — all of my life. Every time I thought I’d made it through another crisis and could start to enjoy life again, another problem hit. And now there’s the divorce. A person could certainly get discouraged.

But I think I have it figured out now. It’s simple really. Forget waiting for the crisis to be over before you enjoy life, because there’s always something else around the corner and if I wait for clear sailing, I’m never going to have any fun. Instead, count all the things that are going right and enjoy the hell out of them!

It was a beautiful day today. Traffic was light (everyone must have already gone out of town). My brother William called and we talked about his part on “Lost” and about me coming to visit him in Maui next year sometime. Java and I took a walk. I helped a lady load her horse – maybe I’ll see her again and we can ride together. Lynn and I didn’t make it to a movie but instead hung out at Caribou talking and blogging. I went all out and had myself a Mocha. 

Caribou Coffee

Just appreciating the little things. Life is good…

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8 Comments

  1. That is so great you were able to help that woman. It always feels so good. Alot of people would have just kept on driving, and she could have been there for awhile!

  2. I think it’s a gift we’re wired that way– that helping others helps us too. I’m glad t hear you sounding so up. Keep looking for the good stuff. 🙂

  3. Mary, I wanted to thank you for the comment you left on my blog yesterday, and all the other ones, too. I don’t know why I’ve never made it over here before. Look at everything I’ve been missing! I’ll be back.

  4. Glad that you could help that woman with her horse using your expertise!

    I agree about not waiting for crises to be over to have fun. If we did wait, I think that we’d never have fun!

  5. It’s very true that it’s best not to wait to enjoy what you can in life. It seems like there’s always something. I went back and read some of my journals over the last 10 years… what I discovered was that even though this is certainly a hard time in my life, I’m coping much better than I used to. I’ve gotten stronger in the midst of the pain and the uncertainity. Reaching out to others is always a great perspective shifter too. Life is too short to not enjoy the fresh air and a great cup of coffee. 🙂

  6. Linda of 7msn – thanks for stopping by. I enjoy your blog so much! Makes me want to live in New Mexico.

    Linda of CA – Thanks for the comment. I avoid looking back at those old journals. Who was that person? So glad I’m not her anymore! I’m sure one of these days we’ll meet in person through my sis. Maybe we can jam!

    Everyone else – Helping others, along with seeing things with new eyes, eyes that see all the great people (this means you) and experiences that surround me, is a true blessing.

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