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BY MICHAEL JOHNSON
For some time, I have been aware that certain people can
do wondrous things with the particular gift they have to help
different living things. And of course, that begs the question
- how are they doing what they are doing? So for the longest
time - over three decades - whenever I see someone who can
reach the adult, child, student, horse, or dog in profound ways,
I make it a point to "get next to them," and do an interview of
sorts with the main question being, "How are you doing this?
Tell me how you have such success when others struggle so?"
And I have found the strangest thing. I think one of the reasons
for their success is because they see better than I do. They see
more clearly - deeper - than I do. Here's a case in point...
I'm riding the four year old - Joe Ben Black - and for the
first time in his life, he's a basket case. Always cooperative,
on this day the colt is the one who flew over the cuckoo's nest.
Won't go forward, shaking his head, pawing like a fighting
toro named El Diablo, and generally speaking, a complete
psychological mess for no reason on earth that I could see. Of
course, I knew what to do...
At times like these, I think it goes without saying that all
real cowboys know what to do - all men know what to do. (We
have been trained our entire lives for this moment.) When the
horse, kid, or dog behaves poorly, we simply have a fit. We get
mad. When the horse engages in such behavior, we all know
to kick him as hard as we can and - while jerking madly on
the reins - start cussing as loud as we can. This should all be
done in one motion. That's what real cowboys do. So I did
that. Things worsened quickly.
Horse is going even "nutsier" and at that moment...my wife
drives up. (Ever notice how your wife always drives up just
when you are making a fool of yourself?)
"What's the matter?" she asked. (Like it wasn't obvious.)
"This horse is acting like an idiot," I said. "I'll have to ride
him 60 days to get all this out of him."
She's staring at him. Then she says, "No you won't. Can't you
see what's the matter with him? Can't you see how he feels?"
"I'm not running a health spa here," I began to explain, but
she was gone - she disappeared around the corner of the barn.
In a minute or two, she reappeared around that same corner
PHOTO BY GRACE LAMERSON
for YearS noW, I've been noticing something and this something puzzles me so...and it is this.
Some people have a strange ability to elicit high cooperation from other living things. Some people
can get a dog to do anything. Others can get second graders to behave. Still others can become one
with the horse, and some can take high school kids who are just so goofy, and silly, and immature,
and transform them into loyal, motivated, intense, driven stars. How in the world do they do that?
To achieve our heart's desire, we
must have a strong focus on what
we want. While that's true, it is also
true we can't accomplish much by
ourselves. We need others to help us.
leading Blue by his halter. Joe Ben Black melted. All that anger,
all that venom, bared teeth, and mad pawing slipped down into
that hot Texas sand beneath our feet, and there stood my kind
and soft-spirited colt once again.
"He couldn't see his friends," she said. "We've never ridden
him out of sight from the other horses."
I started to tell her all the reasons I couldn't always go get
another horse just because one became upset, but before any
words could come, I couldn't help but notice how soft and
responsive Joe Ben suddenly became. Now he paid no mind
to her or to Blue, but only to me. For the rest of the day, he
proceeded to focus all his attention on what I wanted to do,
and did anything I asked without hesitation.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Fall 2015
From the President: What if the Hokey Pokey Really is What it’s All About?
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