During one of our first trips to Arizona, a great mentor and friend in the faith, Tommy Stevens, asked our team if we were fluid. You can imagine the confusion on our faces. With great solemnity, he looked straight at us and said he needed us to be fluid because even flexible isn’t enough. Life lesson heard but not quite learned yet.
If you’ve been studying the Parelli Natural Horsemanship program, you already know about one version of “Fluidity,” the art of moving with you horse as you ride. Harmony in motion.
I’ve been on the road now for almost 8 weeks now and the quest for harmony in motion is resonating in my heart. I like order (my version of order even if it looks a little messy to you); I like control. But just like when I’m riding, I can’t find harmony bracing against the motion and the change. So I’m flexing and stretching and finding what I need to adjust to go with the flow. Don’t get me wrong, old patterns are hard to change. Sometimes it just plain hurts.
But there’s peace here. And freedom. In the rain, in the sunshine, in the smooth spots, the back porch sitting and in the tension of the change. I like it here. “It is for freedom that Christ had set us free.” Free from my obsessive need for control. Free from my self induced entrapping patterns. Free to bend and flex and enjoy this wild ride.
This blog blossomed in the midst of a crisis. It grew into an outlet for the overwhelming feelings I was experiencing back in the spring of 2017 and became a tangible way to connect to my network of contacts that mean so much to me. Now, over 4 years later, it is re-born.