After we opened our business and I became the barn manager of our facility I was very worried about making mistakes. I felt like everyone was watching me all the time and since they did not know me and I didn’t know them I put pressure on myself to look like I knew what I was doing in every situation. There were many questions about how we do things at our barn and I wanted to make sure we were starting to create a good reputation and happy boarders.
Years later I realize how hard that was on me and my family. I wanted everything to look perfect all the time and I thought there was no room for error. Now I understand that no one wants to make serious mistakes, which could be devastating for any business but sometimes we need to laugh off the small ones. We all make silly mistakes and those are the ones that I needed to learn to laugh about and move on.
These days I do a lot of laughing and I am able to laugh at myself and laugh with others at all the things we do as we get older. There is no more pressure about how I run the barn and I am much happier. I always thought I had inherited my father’s ability to laugh at everything and especially myself and I think I have. I just forgot how to do it for a couple of years when we first opened our boarding business.
I have learned over the years that my good friends will laugh with me and not at me. Trust me when I tell you that I give them a lot of reasons to laugh.
Remember laughter is the best medicine. There are going to be many times when work becomes very hard and the days are long so if you are able to find a little joy and laughter in the day, seize the moment and enjoy a good laugh. Every once in a while I leave my brain in the house when I go to clean stalls and I do some of the silliest things and my husband just shakes his head. Deep down inside I think he is smiling that I got my laughter back.
Psalm 126:2-3 NIV
Our mouths were filled with laughter, and our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
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