It’s funny how sometimes circumstances in your life align and seem to point to the same thing. Lately, that “thing” is diligence.
Stephanie’s post from yesterday really struck a cord with me. She talks about the struggle of being patient when training a horse, and not skipping steps in your plan. I’ve felt impatient about a multitude of things in my life lately, but namely my horses being so fat and lazy. (First world problems, right?) It takes patience to wait and do things the right way. It also takes heaps of diligence.
On top of her blog post, I got a smack in the face while reading my daily Bible reading plan. The plan itself is about leadership and how the Bible relates leadership to living a life with integrity. Specifically, the author made an excellent point that I tend to forget in my daily living:
Our character as leaders is essential to our influence. Every move we make is watched, studied, mimicked, followed, or criticized.
Ouch. When was the last time I closely examined my lifestyle in that way? Or the way I lead my clients and my family? Is my character uplifting to the people around me? There are certainly times in life that you have to lay down boundaries, and criticism naturally follows. I might even go as far as saying that this kind of criticism is welcomed; a sure sign that you kept your integrity intact.
I also immediately thought of this statement through a horsey lens. Because, we may not all feel like “leaders,” but our animals sure look to us as leaders. They depend on us not only for survival, but for guidance and direction. Stick with me here, but how many times have you seen a horse-and-rider team look put-together, working in harmony, with excellent turnout, and you wonder why you can’t quite achieve that same effect with your own horse? I know, I have. These rare teams may not be perfect, but you can sense an underlying commitment that goes beyond the arena. The extra grooming sessions, the daily exercising, the late nights blanketing, etc. Essentially, all the things that go unseen!
It’s the things that no one else sees that results in the things that everyone else wants. -Craig Groeschel
This is where diligence comes into play. This year, I want to press harder, work smarter, and remain diligent in the things most important to me. I may not be a perfect mom, barn owner, or rider, but I WILL strive to be diligent and disciplined in developing these roles.