The other day I was half listening to NPR as I usually do while I go about my chores at the office or at home. Suddenly I heard "...horses..." on the radio and I was all ears. It was a story about The Horse Institute, where trained faculty offer equine-assisted learning to corporations.
I liked what Marie-Claude Stockl, the executive director and co-owner, said:
“The biggest problem in the corporate world is that we don’t live in the present....When we come to the workplace, we bring in grudges and things from the past and worries about the future. Horses live in the present. They don’t hold grudges. They’re happy to try something new, unlike many of us who remain stuck in the past. Living in the present works for horses. I think it works for humans, too.”
Then more recently there was this article in the New York Times: "Finding Inner Peace, Not Your Inner Cowgirl." Annie's response? "Of course I live at a spa. Room service, regular exercise, rub downs... Just don't ask me to do yoga!"
That's the zen of it all. Being present for Annie teaches me how I can be more present for my kids, husband and most remarkably, for myself.