It was a beautiful brown horse with a wild, colorful mane. L was plopped onto the saddle and ready to ride. At first there was a little resistance and whining from fear, but then he held on so tightly that his knuckles turned white. The horse began to gallop up and down. There was a mixture of emotions, fear and even a small whimper to get off; however, the pierced lips slowly turned into a smile. This first time on a horse was turning into a success! It was nearing the end of the ride as the horse began to stop. There was even a slight hesitation to dismounting. We patted our newfound friend’s head and said thank you for the adventure. L’s very first ride on the carousel was memorable…at least for me.
In fact, it’s a lot like life. We start this ride with much fear and trepidation. There are certainly ups and downs, and many times we feel as if we are going in circles. We have our tears and laughter along the way. But in the end, it was all worth it, and we never want to end this remarkable ride that we call life.
In 2011, I hope you find your magical horse and enjoy the ride of your life! Hold on tight!!!