Sometimes things happen and we don’t understand why. We cry, we rage, we feel frustration and wonder, “Why did this happen to me? What did I do to deserve this?” We try to come up with reasons, we justify. We cry some more. However, if we choose to live our lives looking through the rose tinted glasses of The Silver Lining, we will always be able to see the good in everything. (Well almost everything.)
That is what my mom does. She taught me to always laugh at yourself, if you do you will never be bored. She taught me keep on trying even when it feels impossible. She taught me to keep my chin up and a smile on my face… even when you don’t want to. Because a smile can be your gift to someone in need of one. She has taught me about the true gift of giving. When you look at life through the rose tinted glasses of The Silver Lining, you can always see a way to turn your hardship into someone else’s gift.
Recently I got a call from my step dad that my mom had an accident and was in the ER. She is fine, but she fractured her back. Talk about heart stopping! She had just bought a brand new saddle for her adorable little arab/warmblood cross mare. She had just started riding her mare on trails. She had called me a few days before to tell me all about the wonderful hour and half long trail ride she went on, how much fun it was, how empowered she felt being able to get out and ride like that again. I was heart broken for her. Because she has always struggled with back issues, she made the difficult choice to not ride anymore. She just can not take that risk. So what did she do?
I’ll tell you!
She put on her rose tinted glasses and found The Silver Lining and sent her brand new saddle home with my handsome hubby for me to try out. I am so excited!!! As you all know, I don’t have a saddle budget and though I DO have a daydream saddle budget a truly nice, McCall saddle is just not realistic. So to have this opportunity just blew my socks off!!
It’s a bittersweet feeling because I know how hard she worked for this beautiful saddle. I know how excited she was when she got it. I know how excited she was to go trail riding. But she knows how nervous I am to ride Billy, it’s been so long since I’ve ridden! She knows how having a nice, well fitting saddle will help boost my confidence, and Billy’s! She knows that she can help me, even when her dreams have faded to daydreams.
So THANK YOU mom! Thank you thank you thank you!! I just don’t think words can express how grateful I am.