Thanksgiving. Giving Thanks.

By Terry Golson

The big picture of life is often scary. Sometimes sad. There’s a lot going on, and these days it feels like there’s no escaping the news.

Wherever you are, whatever is happening your world, there is a something this small, this beautiful, at your feet.


Breathe it in. The gratitude will land in your chest. You can feel it there. It will be a magnet for more of what seems inconsequential, but isn’t. Those small, beautiful moments will take up space, and then more space, and bring joy. I’m not saying that a leaf on a patch of pavement will change the world, but it can change your world.

Bring this perspective to your training. Is your horse scaring you? Are you always in conflict? Look for that one small movement. A literal step in the right direction. Feel gratitude for it in your chest. Take a moment to appreciate it. Watch for the next. It will come. One good stride builds on another, but you have to celebrate that first step for the others to follow.

Enough of that philosophizing! Phoebe doesn’t need to overthink it. There’s pumpkin, and it is good.


Whatever form your pumpkin is in today, enjoy!

5 thoughts on “Thanksgiving. Giving Thanks.

  • Lizzie in Cornwall

    I share your philosophy on being thankful for the small things in life.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all Horse/Hen blog readers!

  • Jan

    You have to look for the good no matter how bleak life seems. We have neighbours who are older than us and although we are getting there we get a great joy out of being able to help them out with chores and a chat with a cup of tea. Just seeing their smile and sense of relief is inspiring. I find being with my Girls lifts my spirits with the antics they get up to.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family, will be lovely to have your Sons home again, yours pies will go down a treat. We are very lucky in that our family, which totals 18 with the grandkids and another set of parents all live within 3 miles of each other so we meet up often. I have done Christmas and Boxing Day for over 50 years, everyone mucks in and we have a great time. 🙂

  • Rose

    You, my dear, are a yogi ! Thankful for all your inspirational thought provoking writing. It’s a joy to share life in your corner of this wonderful world

  • Kim

    Well said Terry! I feel that as long as I’m spending a good portion of my day around animals, it’s so easy to live in the moment and notice things in the world that normally I might just pass by. I’m so thankful for that!

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