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Was it a regret or a lesson?

Was it a regret or a lesson?

If you’d like, you can listen to the audio version of this blog on YouTube here.

You know that really embarrassing thing you did a few years ago? The one that still makes you cringe every time you think about it? Do you regret doing it, or could you reframe it more positively as a lesson you’ve learned from?

Many years ago, a wise woman told me that when I felt as though I was banging my head against a brick wall, it was because I wasn’t yet meant to be on the other side of the wall. When the time was right, the wall would crumble. 

We spend so much time and effort trying to stay in control. In control of ourselves, and of others. When we feel out of control of a situation, we’re scared, and we often act inappropriately. Sometimes we regret our actions. 

What if we could look back with a different lens, and learn from our past actions, rather than try to bury them at the back of our mind? What could we have done differently? What would we do if the situation arose again? How can we recognise that we are heading towards something similar? What can we put in place now that would have helped us then?

Your challenge today, should you wish to accept it, is to look back at a time in your life where you’re embarrassed about how you behaved. Switch things around in your head, and view the experience positively, as a lesson you have learned from that has helped you to grow into the person you want to be.

If you’d like, you can listen to the audio version of this blog on YouTube here.

Sue Palmer MCSP, aka The Horse Physio, is an author, educator, and award-winning Chartered Physiotherapist. Sue specialises in understanding the links between equine pain and behaviour, caring deeply for her clients, and promoting calm, connection, courage and confidence through curiosity, compassion, clarity, and creativity.

Popular books and online courses from Sue Palmer include:

Harmonious Horsemanship, co-authored with Dr Sue Dyson

Understanding Horse Performance: Brain, Pain or Training?

Horse Massage for Horse Owners

Stretching Your Horse: A Guide to Keeping Your Equine Friend Happy and Healthy

Sue is registered with the RAMP, the ACPAT, the IHA, the CSP and the HCPC.