When I Ride…

Gone to town…

Me and the "patient"

When I picked up the phone I had a feeling something was going to change fast. It did. Next day I drove to McKinney to take a friend to the hospital for surgery. Brought her home and nursed her through the night. Next day drove to the ranch and started getting horses ready for riders coming during 4th of July weekend. Then drove to Austin Monday, Wimberley Tuesday and then back to Walnut Springs.

I got a little frustrated because with all this time in town, I thought I was neglecting my horses, my writing and my housework. Housework? Really? Well, maybe not housework.

Then I thought, maybe what I have been neglecting is my friends. We all get so caught up in those things that we think are so important. I get focused on something and have to see it through to the end before I start a new project. I like to do one thing at a time. That sets me up to spend all my time on one type of project though and it is usually a horse project and it is usually at the ranch. Nothing wrong with doing what you love but the last few days reminded me that balance is the key.

My friends need to see me and love on me. I need them to as well. We all get busy and  soon it’s been a month since you have sat down and just given your full attention to someone you truly care about.

Schedule it like it’s important. Nurture and fertilize those friendships. They will see you through the tough times a lot better than any project will.

Sometimes you have to go to town

5 thoughts on “Gone to town…

  1. Lynne Storm on said:

    Lissa, Your articles are relaxing, inspiring, funny, heartwarming. They remind me of my favorite essay writer at the New York Times…Verlyn Klinkenborg. He muses about life on a farm in new england in much the same way you bring to life north central Texas on a ranch. I am a devoted reader. Thank you.

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  3. What a beautiful reminder of the importance of being a friend. I found this part especially meaningful:

    “Schedule it like it’s important. Nurture and fertilize those friendships. They will see you through the tough times a lot better than any project will.”

    Thank you! =)

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