Life Lessons From Horses – Part 1: Thriving In The Moment.

by Patrick Liew on January 30, 2014

While I do not subscribe to the Chinese Zodiac or “Shengxiao,” I love horses and all the wonderful virtues that they stand for.

I also believe they can teach us valuable lessons about life.

Let me share some of these lessons with you.

1. Thriving in the moment.

Horses are sensitive to their circumstances and environment. They are mindful of every sight, sound, taste, smell, and sense.

Their keen sense of awareness warns them of imminent dangers. It leads them to find places for food, water, and other means of sustenance.

It is said that a horse will finish grazing a patch of grass before moving to another patch. It stays focused until the task is completed.

Like horses, we need to be mindful of the ‘here and now.’ We should be fully present – body, soul and spirit – for it.

The ‘here and now’ is all that we have for that moment and then it will be gone forever.

We need to use all our senses to be mindful of current experience.

We need to be acutely aware of space, time, energy and matter and how they converge to the present moment.

From the perspective of time, we should not be stumbled by the past but we should leverage on it for stronger growth.

We should not be unduly worried about the future but we should plan for it with hope and optimism.

We should capitalise on the gift of the ‘here and now.’ That’s why it’s called the present.

We need to thrive in the present to make the most of life.

When we can do that, we learn to value life. We can focus on the moment and make full use of it.

We can enjoy life to the fullest.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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