Somewhere in my life and horse journey I picked up the acronym H.A.L.T. It stands for Halt or stop when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired. I really love this acronym since it’s saved my bacon many a time. When I am any of those things, I am a super cranky, unreasonable and a very messy human. Sometimes when nothing is making me angry or frustrated I need to figure out why am I freaking out. My number one is usually because I’m hungry. So, I need to stop, ask myself what’s wrong and figure out why I'm making myself more miserable by reacting to some basic needs like hunger, anger, loneliness or tiredness rather then doing something about it right then – like eat a snack or maybe later – go to bed a few minutes earlier or call a friend. It’s not always a growling stomach that tells me I need to H.A.L.T. it’s an over reaction at the minutia of life. Like the fact I’m about ready to decimate the silly little hose that will not wrap around its holder without extreme wrestling. I firmly believe barn hoses are all out to get me. If you don’t believe me, you will since I will have several stores about their acts of evil against me. Here’s one - I was filling buckets the other day and the hose end jumped out of my hand and bopped me in the lip. No blood, but a very sore lip. Hmm. The evil is real. It’s real. Sorry, that’s not the point to this post, but this is and it’s heavy so prepare yourselves. In the last three months I’ve lost 3 people from my life. A colleague and friend, and two family members. Death is not easy on the living. Two were unexpected and the shock that follows is still a day to day struggle. One was ‘expected’ but not something I wanted to happen. I know God heals – He sends the doctors to help us, a healing miracle or He takes us home where there is no more pain or sickness. I’m always cheering on the side of the miracle and the doctors help. My heart is broken when I lose my friends and family. And the grieving process is a cycle of ups and downs. I’ve noticed I’m needing to H.A.L.T. much more now than before. Seems that the T now stands for Tears – random tears coming when I think of them and I’m Tired from the sadness. I know its natural to feel this way, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. I’m grateful that I found a way to handle through just H.A.L.Ting so I can take a moment to stop, check in with what’s going on with my inner world and then help make me feel at least it a little better. Try out using H.A.L.T. this week to stop and ask yourself if you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired or a combination and need to address it so you can be the beautiful person you and help you get through your day with more joy instead of a cranky version of yourself. We all know that when we get down it can feed on itself and grow so stamp it out by using the H.A.L.T. technique.
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