A horse stands on a telegraph pole, other horses bravely move forward, balancing on a wire. The drawing is called The Journey.
Sometimes we get stuck. It feels as though life is moving on without us. Our emotions, fear, circumstances or past experiences leave us in a place of hesitation or doubt.
It may seem as though others are more balanced or more fearless than us, more able to do the things that we want to do.
Do we have the courage to move forward? Are we actually able to take the next step?
I was thinking about how in this day and age it feels as though negative emotions are seen as bad, whilst positive ones are seen as good. When you think about it that’s a bit of a nonsense. Maybe all emotions are absolutely OK, honest and genuine and it is the trying to prescribe emotions as worthy or not that is dishonest.
Perhaps standing still, just being and waiting or saying no is the brave thing to do. Sometimes we are fearless and sometimes we are not. Sometimes we are part of the herd and other times we are not. Sometimes the journey takes us forward and other times it leaves us stranded. The journey is about these choices and realities.
How does the horse turn back and climb down the telegraph pole? He can’t. We are only ever where we are, moving forward…
This drawing was inspired by a hen doo on zip wires with a bunch of great girls. After the first wire, I found my body was unable to move forward. I stood at the second pole and watched the others fearlessly move forward, moving further and further away from me. More people were coming from behind wanting to get on. There was no time for me to listen to what was showing up for me and I was unable to proceed. So I chose to bow out. I beat myself up for being stuck. The drawing helped me understand myself and that it was OK for me to be where I was that day.
I am looking at the drawing now and it moves me. By having compassion to all our emotions I think we find more compassion to others and especially the animals in our care. Sometimes a horse will be unable to do what you want. He is not being stubborn or stupid. All sentient beings have emotions and past experiences that inform the present moment. Patience, understanding, time, love compassion, waiting, willingness to learn, willingness to listen and feel… will help us find the next step and create lasting change…
A simple drawing that means a lot to me.
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