I did the most amazing thing last night and it was one of those things that really put life into perspective……
A few weeks ago a public service announcement came through my email looking for volunteers for the Saddle Up program through the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. This program provides equine therapy for children dealing with a variety of physical and mental/emotional challenges. I love horses and I love helping out so I thought this would be a good fit for me.
Last night was the first night I got to work with the kids and it was one of the most touching experiences of my life. It is so easy in our lives to feel put upon or to feel that fate is being terribly unfair- and certainly at times that is true. However, over all, I think the majority of us live fairly blessed lives. We can live independently, our children (if not challenging at times) are healthy and happy and life rolls along reasonably smoothly.
While we should never take comfort or satisfaction in another’s misfortune, seeing the obstacles these families face on a daily basis and to watch them tackle them with love and compassion and a smile on their face, really made me think how selfish I am sometimes. It also reminded how grateful I am for all of the wonderful things in my life from a family I love dearly to wonderful friends and a job I look forward to going to everyday.
So the take away here is that we all feel cranky sometimes but when we do, don’t let those for small and fleeting moments define us as a whole. Life is a big picture experience and if your big picture has more smiles than tears- you are blessed.
Find out more about the Saddle Up Program at the link below if you would like to volunteer or know a family that could benefit from it.