Downward Facing Horse

Downward Facing Horse

Determination gives you the resolve to keep going
in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you.
— Denis Waitley

My new horse Milo has many wonderful qualities. He has a gentle pleasing nature, is sweet and laid back. Unless of course he’s hungry, which he seems to be much of the time. Then he is extremely motivated and driven by his quest for food.

He develops a fierce determination to procure his next snack. Milo can sniff out treats from across the paddock and will contort his body beyond comprehension just to reach a tasty blade of grass.

Nothing that stands in his way appears to break his determination or shrink his enthusiasm for the worthy prize he seeks.

Although I may feel a bit uneasy while observing his antics, I do appreciate his focus and perseverance. I’d like to get after him while at the same time, he amuses me with the relentless clarity of his mission.

And then I ask myself, where and when in my Life have I been so determined?

Determination can be defined as firmness of purpose, a solid commitment.

What have I desired so deeply that my efforts never wavered even as boulder-sized challenges loomed on my path?

I believe whatever success we have in “staying our course”, comes from acknowledging with absolute clarity ~ what we truly want.  

Over 30 years ago, I knew I wanted my Life to change. I knew I wanted to end my suffering. I wanted to be free from the insanity of drinking and drugging to cope with my feelings, to cope with my Life!

Thru an intervention and with a surrendered heart, I found my way to Alcoholics Anonymous, to the Big Book, the Steps, and to the fellowship.

From Chapter 5 HOW IT WORKS - rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path…. If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it-then you are ready to take certain steps…

Just as Milo greets each day with renewed efforts to reach those grassy patches, I focus daily on making choices and taking action that honors my commitment to live happy, joyous, and free.


 Where in your Life does your determination reward you with what you want?