I’m always up for a new adventure and when a friend invited me to go horseback riding, I was eager to give it a try. It was just my luck to get the biggest and most cantankerous horse in the stable. I gave myself a little pep talk, and swung into the saddle.
I tried to guide him with the reins, but either he was mixed up or I was, because he kept walking into bushes on the trail. It wasn’t long before we were at the halfway point, and I felt I could finally relax. Apparently, my horse had a difference of opinion, and took off running at top speed back to the stable.
I felt like the villain in a bad western movie being chased by the sheriff. I hung on for dear life, and was a nervous wreck by the time we got back to the stable. It’s a good thing I love animals, because my first thought was to dismount and give him a good swift kick in the rear. I could have sworn he gave me a dirty look as he was led back to his stall.
My journey into horseback riding was shaky to say the least, but if I had another opportunity, I would get back on the horse and try again. Maybe choosing a smaller horse with a calmer disposition, doing some research to see what makes a horse tick, and more guidance from the staff, would make all the difference.
Living a successful life is a lot like riding a horse. There are times when you’re feeling your way along, and you’re going to make some mistakes along the way. You may be so discouraged that you’re tempted to give up.
Get back on the horse. It may take awhile to reach your goals, but if you stay on your feet and keep moving forward, you will be successful.