Summer

The Circle of Life

Did you enjoy the Lion King as much as I did? One of my favorite parts of the movie is the opening sequence when all of the animals are gathering for the presentation of the new heir apparent. There is a lesson to learn from the movie that is also contained in the writings of a wise man, Solomon. There are seasons. There is a time to be born and a time to die. A time to laugh and a time to cry. A time to mourn and a time to dance. The last few years of loss and grief have taught me the real meaning of this truth.

Last week I had a “real life” object lesson in this truth. We lost a mare at the Christina Ranch. In the morning she was fine. By noon she was terribly ill and by 11 p.m. we had to let her go. She had given birth to “Faith,” a filly who is now an orphan. It was a great object lesson in the fragility of life.

So what can we learn from these beginnings and endings? As Solomon said, “Enjoy life.” The illusion of control causes us to pursue things that in the end are meaningless. We must love our loved ones and cultivate faith and hope. We must count our blessings. It is only grace that allows us to accept losses, grieve them, and move on to find our way to the future.

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