I always have plans. I spend countless hours weighing all the pros and cons to any decision of importance. Well, to be truthful, sometimes I spend hours weighing the pros and cons of decisions that aren’t all that important too. Like buying a purse, or a greeting card. I have to look at every one to be sure I find ‘just the right one’. So once I’ve spent all that time and thought, I’m pretty sure I’ve come up with The Plan, and I fly down the path oblivious to any inklings that making a turn or two along the way might be a good idea. I heard someone once say.. “I have a plan. It’s Plan A. If Plan A doesn’t work, I just go to Plan A. And if that doesn’t work, I’ve always got Plan A.” I could relate because I rarely had a Plan B, let alone a Plan C.
One thing this world of horses has taught me is that there isn’t just a Plan A. It’s good to have a plan, but more often than not, Plan A will make some twists and turns along the way. If you’ve followed our blog for any length of time you know we have undergone several changes. While my goal of having a safe, relaxed and inviting environment for our clients and horses hasn’t changed, our programs have. We started out with a trainer who had a large lesson program. It was very successful for all of us, but then that changed. I began interviewing new trainers to try and re-create Plan A, but then realized, while I had enjoyed the financial benefit of a large and successful lesson program, and all the people and horses I got to meet, I really wanted something smaller and more personal. That led us to the creation of The Urban Herd. It started out with me and a couple friends, but it too has undergone some structural changes in how it operates and the horses and people involved. If as they say, history is a good indication of the future, it will continue to evolve and change.
I used to fight change. Now I am at peace with it most of the time. There are still things I want to stay the same and am uncomfortable for awhile if they begin to shift. But I’m learning that no matter what… it will all be okay in the end. And more importantly, I’m not in charge.
My husband bought me a license plate frame that was a good reminder that while having a plan is great, being open to changes in course is paramount. It said “Make God laugh…tell him your plans…” I planned to have that frame forever….but…. someone stole it. So much for Plan A.