Living in the Moment

The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post.  ~L. Thomas Holdcroft

Horses don’t delude themselves about time. They understand that there was a past. If it was bad, they usually forgive it. If it was good, well, no reason to dwell on that too long either. As to the future, they don’t place too much stock in that either. Horses have a way of trying to size up the situation by confining themselves to the present. When they go into a pasture, they are not worrying if the grass was better at the other stable or worse than last week. Nor do they fret about what might happen to this year’s winter pasture or the rising price of hay. Instead, they step through the gate and go: “Good. There’s grass for today. Let’s graze.”

In that sense, they remind us that if we let our minds dwell anywhere else but in the present it can lead to needless regret or anxiety. Neither changes the history that has already been written or the future that might unfold. What matters is how we deal with what’s right in front of us. Let’s graze.

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