This morning I was having a What’s App messaging conversation with my friend Kate.
I sent her a couple of videos of Noah’s early morning ride on Ladybird. There was one of him happily plodding along and another of him doing a fast rising trot down the road.
I knew Kate would love to see them, she is always interested in how Noah is getting on with riding because she too loves riding.
Kate commented on how proud Noah looked in the videos and I had to agree. He was happy and grinning and full of pride.
It got me thinking more about pride and whether it is a good thing.
The saying that rings in my head when I think of pride is ‘Pride comes before a fall’, not the most positive, especially when riding is the context!
I think that the saying is probably intended to teach us not to loose our focus despite being pleased with what we are achieving. It reminds us that if we become big headed we can run into problems because we loose touch with reality.
Reflecting on this I realised that when I am out riding on a beautiful big horse, feeling the power in their movement and loving it, I feel really proud. I also feel really privileged, I never forget how lucky I am or take it for granted.
Realising your good fortune is a great way to stay mindful, taking it for granted is definitely the way to be mind-less!
When we are mindful keeping in touch with reality is simple because you are present in the moment.
When you are present in the moment you can recognise your pride in the second that you feel it and then you can let that emotion move on so that you can feel whatever comes next.
Recognising thoughts and feeling as they come along means that you keep your attention exactly where it needs to be. You stay focussed on what you are doing and give it your full attention.
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