I have a quote down at the very bottom of the home page from football player Drew Brees’ book, Coming Back Stronger. When I read Drew’s book a couple of years ago, it just plain spoke to me. In fact, I have many pages of notes where I copied down quotes that I loved from the book. The one below is my favorite…
“Believing—there are several layers to it. There’s the surface-level type of believing, where you acknowledge that something is true. Then there is a deeper kind of belief–the type that gets inside of you and actually changes you. It’s the kind of belief that changes your behavior, your attitude, and your outlook on life, and the people around you can’t help but notice.”
I am a person of very strong beliefs and faith. I have always been strong-willed, but the confidence that I have attained as an adult stems from the development of personal beliefs and faith. My life is centered around love, empathy and hard work because I believe that is what allows me to use my talents to achieve greatness.
Although there are many different people that have served as mentors for me over the years, learning to be a caregiver for animals has inspired in me a deep level of believing that transcends everything else. Figuring out what an animal needs and then working tenaciously to provide those needs brings me an inner confidence and a sense of peace.
As I watch my cattle thrive and grow, and then trace their performance all of the way to my own dinner plate I become even more of a believer. I am left with a sense of purpose, and inspired to work harder with each day that passes. My love for animals is diversified and runs deep. I am happiest when I am surrounded by them.
My daughter, Megan, and I spent a couple of days recently in the Sandhills of Nebraska. My husband laughs that even when I go on vacation, I take some of my animals with me. Megan and I joined some friends at “horse camp” riding and learning how to be better communicators with our equine partners.
My favorite part of the trip was watching my daughter in her own journey to becoming a believer. Our animals not only teach her a sense of personal responsibility as she learns to provide for them and understand them, but living her dream with them also brings a sense of innate self-confidence.
The above picture makes my heart swell. The absolute joy and personal pride in her expression is priceless to me as a parent. At the very moment that I took the picture, Megan became a believer. She realized what it meant to be a partner to her horse and they achieved a unique harmony that only a lucky few will ever feel.
She caught a glimpse of how wonderful it feels to use empathy and feel to successfully and unselfishly communicate. Going forward, she will view the world differently—with a sense of confidence and understanding that enables her to successfully use the gifts with which she is blessed.
Is there a pivotal moment in your own life that caused you to become a believer?