Where my neighbor sees unkempt weeds, I see a meadow that provides shelter and food for the many wild things that share our property.
Where a friend sees a messy floor, I see happy dogs playing and chewing up bags and boxes that cost me nothing.
Where someone else sees a dead tree, I see a snag that provides perches for birds who want a clear view of their surroundings.
Where my neighbor sees a pile of composting horse manure, I see rich nutrients for the garden that feeds me, as well as a ‘diner’ for birds, and a playground for my dog.
Where some horse people see wasted years in a six year old gelding who has not yet been ridden, I see a journey with a challenging horse that has resulted in a bond that those critics will likely never experience.
In this challenging time, it is important to keep things in perspective. Perhaps this is a time to actually reassess our own perspectives on everything. Life is messy. My place, by many people’s standards, is messy. Yet, where others see problems, I see joy. Joy in the birds that sing all around me. Joy in the puppies that play at my feet. Joy in the horse who trots up to greet me, and now happily joins me in our ‘work’ together.
Short of a tragedy, if something makes you unhappy, annoyed, or generally displeased – it is not really about that thing, but about your perspective. Try changing your perspective, and perhaps you too will find joy in the messiness of life!