We all want to provide well for our families, and to leave them something when we die. But the most important thing we can leave them is not money or possessions. Your legacy as a loving member of the family will mean more to your family’s future than any gift you could leave them.
We see it often. Families struggling to get everything done in the day. Parents working full time jobs while our kids are cared for by others or worse yet, left alone. To be fair, sometimes it can’t be helped. It takes every dime available to keep the family fed, clothed and a roof over their heads. However, for many, there are compromises that could be made that would allow the family to spend more time with each other. But instead, we have new cars, cell phones, cable service, vacations in Hawaii, spiffy clothes….my list could go on. What really matters? Even if your family seems to be on the fast track, find ways to slow things down and spend time together. Consider super simple dinners that get you out of the kitchen sooner. Sit down and eat together. Make it the routine to ask about each other’s day. Yes, housework, homework and chores are important, but don’t let these things become all consuming, stealing the time you can spend together enjoying each other as a family.
In our work with children, teens and adults we see so many that feel frantic about their lives. They feel anxious about doing well and getting everything done. They feel depressed because they don’t feel connected. They feel overwhelmed because they have taken on too much. We encourage our clients to slow down and be present in the moment, something that is vital to working with horses. We help them learn and practice coping skills and allow them to make choices, something that they may feel they don’t get to do often. We empower them to create personal boundaries that work for them. Hmmm, work with horses is pretty incredible!
If you or someone you know feels that life is out of control, we would be happy to meet with you, show you around the site, introduce you to our wonderful horses, learn more about your challenges and share how we might be able to help. Call or email to schedule a visit.
Studies of people who receive large family inheritances find that unsatisfying family relationships, low self-esteem, high levels of frustration, and low life satisfaction exists in at least 40% of the cases. KLEEFELD 2001