Most of us were glad to see 2020 pass and a new year begin. Though 2021 has only been here a few days, we all have bright hopes for the end of a pandemic as well as some normalcy in our lives. While the previous year brought about many changes, it also taught some valuable lessons. It’s time to get back to basics with the four things that matter most: faith, family, friends, and fur babies. With a new year comes a new vision.
During 2020, many of us were shaken to our core. With sickness and death all around, it’s easy to lose sight of the things that are most important to us and give in to fear. Here at Oak Haven Acres, no matter how hard things become or how difficult economic stresses are, there are still animals that count on me. I am committed more than before to getting back to basics. With this new year comes a new vision.
Part of the makeup of every human being is faith. Whether you believe in God, a higher power, or the universe doesn’t matter. We all need some confidence to know that there is someone bigger than us watching over. It would be hard to go through such difficult times if we didn’t have faith at the center.
So many families were devastated by the loss of loved ones during 2020. Even if you were lucky enough to come through the pandemic unscathed, you still develop a deeper appreciation for what you have in life. Take time to say “I love you” to those who you hold dear, and never let a day go by where you allow unforgiveness and frustration to keep you from those in your heart. Getting back to basics means putting family first.
Where would we be in this life if we didn’t have friends? Some friends come around for only a while, and other friends will stay throughout your life. Having an excellent inner circle is imperative for mental stability, happiness, and security. Everyone needs a person they can call at the last minute, and they’re there for you. Get back to the basics with this new year’s new vision. Getting back to basics means holding your inner circle a little tighter.
For me, animals are just as much a part of my family as the human members. Every day, I am blessed to walk out through our pastures and be greeted by equines and dogs alike. There have been many times that I had enjoyed the peaceful serenity of our animals when things seemed to be spiraling out of control.
The animals need us, and our horses need me. No matter what’s going on outside, I have a responsibility and a dedication to them. Many studies have been done on the mental impact that owning an animal can have on you. I tend to agree with all those studies as I have experienced the mental support animals give firsthand. We have horses from varying age groups, and they all are so special to me.
Some have behavioral troubles and some medical drama, but they still give me a reason to keep going. In getting back to basics, I find that my saving grace is my animal friends. Perhaps that’s why I feel called to do what I do for the fur kingdom. No wonder people say that you will never work another day in your life if you do something you like. I whole heartily am a testament to that adage.
New Vision For 2021
As I embrace the new year and all it has to offer, I am reminded that getting back to basics is even more important than before. Where would I be without my faith, family, friends, and fur babies? While the jury is still out on how the pandemic will end and what this year will bring, I can forge ahead, knowing that I have the loveliest things surrounding me.
Oak Haven Acres is still providing the best care and boarding to equines in the area, and we are committed to growing our business. I posted a meme a while back that stated that the happiest person in the world was probably spending time in a barn. I chuckle every time I read that meme. When I walk into the barn, it’s like entering a whole other world. It’s a place of safety where COVID-19 and stressors from the day don’t exist.
It’s my job to make sure these animals are safe and protected, and I do everything in my power to make that happen. As the next year unfolds, I challenge you to set your sites high but remember to get back to the basics. At the end of your life, your money and material possessions will matter little. Rather, it’s time you spend with your faith, family, friends, and fur babies that will count the most. With a new year comes a new vision, for you, for your horse, for everyone.