Contact:Paul F. Flotron
Posted in: St Louis Pet Services & Stores
Hi Friends & Family -
In the wake of the Boston bombing incident, I have been thinking a lot about how people can be led toward the wrong path and life filled with hatred and violence.
I believe that God crafted my heart so that I would form a strong love and bond easily with animals. Suffice it to say that I love people too with the same compassionate heart. As for mentors of the human species type, I have been really fortunate. One of whom was a man of strong faith with great leadership qualities. Resulting from this lifelong relationship, I have become a better man. After all, I am a firm believer in Proverbs 27:17
"As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another."
so one person sharpens another."
While I was trail riding during sunset in the Santa Monica Mountains in California, I didn't consider that I would learn some invaluable leadership lessons while taking in such beautiful scenery. Immediately before hitting the trails, in a dusty riding ring amid the bare hills of California's beautiful vistas, the trail group leader told us how working with horses helped him become a better leader. "Horses look at the world as a hierarchical social structure," she says. "They constantly ask, 'Who's the boss here and Who's leading? Do you care if I go fast? Do you care if I go slow? Do you care if I stop to eat the grass?"
On the subject of care, I am reminded of the great nugget of wisdom and truth from John C. Maxwell: “People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care”
The members of the group listen intently. By the end of the day they will interact with the horses in several different ways (including riding them), always recognizing that horses seek a leader and attempting to provide that leadership. "This calls on humans to be centered while they're in action," the group leader says. "And it means you have to have the body of a leader." Having the body of a leader doesn't mean approaching a horse with a puffed-up chest, loud voice, or swaggering step. Such body postures often
communicate fear more than confidence, and human fear makes horses nervous. Instead, she's talking about the feelings humans transmit to horses: "They can sense your intention and your energy," she tells everyone," and if you can develop that with horses, you can apply it to the wider world too." Many animal behaviorists, psychologists, and spiritual teachers who consider their work with animals to be a contemplative practice that can teach awareness, empathy, and interaction skills. And, just as working with animals can inspire growth and healing in humans, so too, they say, can humans help heal and guide the animals with whom they share their lives. "Everything we do affects the animal," the group leader said. "As you learn to sense this, you can actually see what's happening. Our breath, our gestures and our intentions are mirrored in the horses behavior. The more centered and clear we are, the more confident and trusting the horse will feel. It's a reciprocal relationship.
I am curious to know whether you have an interest in being a part of leadership workshops that incorporate animals and animal behavior for which to pull invaluable lessons.
Please let me know your thoughts.
Thanks so much!
Paul F. Flotron
Creature Comforts Great & Small, LLC
"Giving your creatures the comfort they deserve"