Getting back on the horse

I remember the first time I was thrown off a horse.

I started to run away—to run as far away from that horse as I could run.

But my dad wouldn’t let me run away. He caught me before I could fly away. He put his arms around me, and we stood by the horse for what seemed like a very long time to me, a child of eight.

“Take your time,” he said, quietly. “Decide when you want to get back on the horse.”

I’m not sure how long we stood there. I know for sure that my dad was prepared to stand patiently as long as it took for me to decide to try again.

Finally, I did get back on the horse. I soon became an excellent rider, and I also learned a number of very important lessons from my father.

 When you’re thrown off the horse, you have to stand up and get back on. It’s okay to take a few minutes to gather up your courage. But, you have to confront your problems. Running away from them is not a good solution.

Now whenever I’m faced with a problem, I think of my father and tell myself to keep moving forward and to tackle the problem as soon as possible. No matter what problem I’m facing, I know that running away is not the solution.


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3 Responses to “Getting back on the horse”

  1. Mary Hunter September 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    A very important lesson, indeed!

    They say if you are going to ride, that sometimes you are going to fall. But, we all have to learn how to get back up again.


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