A Lesson From My Horse
Over the years, I have learned many life lessons from my horse, specifically in the area of relationships. I have learned trust, communication, respect, teamwork, patience, and many other valuable character traits.
I realize this might sound a bit odd, and maybe even crazy, to those who aren’t familiar with horses but let me explain.
In a herd of horses, there is always a pecking order. The boss is always the dominate one and the rest follow his/her lead.
Once the pecking order is established, the horse at the top only needs to pin his ears against his neck and the others back off without a fight. They have their way of communicating with each other.
It is helpful to understand and use their language as much as possible when working with them. When I am walking towards my horse in the field, if I approach her head, chances are that she will walk away from me but if I approach her shoulder, she will probably stand still.
In both cases I am approaching her and both seem to be a reasonable option, but I get a different response to each one.
The same is true in human relationships. You can say the same thing in a million different ways using different words, body language and tone of voice and get different responses.
How you approach a conversation will often determine the response you get from a person even before they say anything. If you are blaming or accusing someone, their response will probably be defensive but if you are looking for understanding, the response will likely bring clarity.
Your approach and even your responses are key in effective communication. Proverbs 15:1 (MSG) states it so well, “A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.”
Merry Christmas Seaway! Can you say HOLY SNOW? Just kidding, there was a dust over the green grass. It’s December and there is absolutely no snow. WHY! This is simply outrageous! Whether you love it or hate it, snow just completes December. We can only hope for a bright white Christmas!
Monday was our first snow day of the year! (If you even want to call it that. It was more of an ice day!) Hopefully there is more snow/ice days throughout the year as it was a nice break for both students and staff!
Seaway had a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside of the cafeteria for the annual Christmas concert! The audition times were on December 13 and 14 during MSIP. Meet or Beat the Challenge started on December 3rd and ends on December 17th. Meet or Beat the Challenge is when each MSIP class brings in certain items such as, shampoo, deodorant, canned food items, etc. and the food/toiletries are donated to the South Dundas Food Bank. Whichever MSIP class brings in the most things, wins a movie and a pizza party! There seems to be a tight race between Mme. Martin’s class and Mrs. Gilmour’s class. Good Luck to all!
To liven up the last week of school until Christmas Break, Student Council has made up a spirit week! Monday was Red & Green Day, when students wore green and red to get in the spirit! Tuesday was Christmas Character Day and, as I write this, I wonder if anyone will be coming as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus! Maybe Rudolph will appear too. Wednesday, today, is Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. Did your grandma ever give you one for Christmas? If not run over to her house and take one! Thursday will be (W)Rapper Day, I might dress as a Christmas present… hm…! Friday will be PJ day! Get those nice and toasty warm footy pyjamas! If only I had some… Friday we will also be having a Christmas Concert! I am totally looking forward to that! Actually… come to think of it… I’m not, because my gym class has to perform a dance, great! It should be a great concert! Good luck to all performing!
Need Christmas ideas for your teenage kids? Here are some popular ideas; Ipod/Iphone, Movies, Laptops, Clothes, books, Blackberry (Torch, Bold, Curve), Shoes, Games (Xbox, Playstation), Xbox, Playstation 3.
Seaway Spartans wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hope everyone gets what they want and give more than they should! Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. Here are some words to live by:
“To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” – Calvin Coolidge.
What do you wish were different in South Dundas? Is there something you think the municipality needs, but doesn’t have? I’ve heard that South Dundas needs more options for youth in the area. Children need access to more activities here IN South Dundas. Teenagers need more options for places to hang out, like a youth centre, as well as more options for safe, legal fun.
This week brings an opportunity for every South Dundas resident to have a say and to have their ideas heard. Ignore the internal list of excuses and come out to one of the four planned “Community Vision Cafés”!
Forget about the “I don’t have the time” excuse and, instead, make time. (I’m a pro when it comes to the “I don’t have time” excuse, but I recognize it for what it is: an excuse, not a reason.)
Forget the “it won’t make a difference so why bother” excuse and actually make the effort. Seriously, if we didn’t “fight” or “try” for all the things that looked hopeless, where would we be? Wars have been won by people who didn’t have a chance of winning. Games were won by underdogs who were thought to be useless. Nothing in life is guaranteed, but… if you try, you have a 50-50 chance of getting the result you wanted; if you don’t try, you have zero chance of getting what you wanted. Think about it.
What do you wish were different in South Dundas?
Where do you see South Dundas in 10 years?
What ideas do you have that you feel are worth pursuing?
What do you want council to hear?
Make your mark. State your case. Push your idea.
And, if you’re one of those people who aren’t comfortable expressing your opinions in public… then do it online! It’s easy. It’s quick. It’s anonymous.
Whatever method you choose, whether in person at one of the cafés or online via the survey…
Speak your mind. Say what you have to say. Share your ideas. Be heard. Be accounted for in the history of South Dundas.
If you woke up tomorrow to find yourself in South Dundas in the year 2022, what would you want to see? -S.C.