Yesterday as I bent over to pick up small pieces of splintered wood from the ground where the arena sand would ultimately be spread, a mental lightening bolt hit me! It sparked a realization of how committed people can be to others, horses included! I looked out in amazement at the 20,000 square feet of ground that would be raked, swept and hand-picked over to make sure no stone or sliver of wood remained that could cause harm to hooves. It was the equivalent of scanning your lawn inch-by-inch to remove stickers so your children would be safe. The clearing act itself felt good mostly because my confidence increased with each step knowing that spot would be safe when a 4 inch hoof supporting a 1,200 pound animal stepped there. As I picked up each hazard, I also considered the amount of time and money that went into choosing footing, having a clay pad built to support the footing and the methodical way in which the footing would be spread. Ironically, footing in horse talk is the type of sandy foundation a horse works on. And, its quite complicated. Not too coarse, not too fine. Just enough clay and the precise depth for the discipline. It’s literally a chemistry experiment and a measurement of inches.
As precise as this process was, it reminded me that building a foundation for success isn’t just building any foundation. It’s carefully planned and even more carefully executed. Future success, safety and wellbeing for all depend on this work. It’s not just an arena, you see, it’s a representation of building something of intricate value which others (people and horses) will use to build their own foundation of value for even more people or animals in their sphere of community.
What are you currently building that’s taking every ounce of your analytical mind, and maybe your pocketbook, that will ultimately benefit others? Please share! I love hearing how others are contributing to the lives of others!