You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.This quote reminds me of another by author Kahlil Gibran that says, “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.”

When I’m going through a rough or stressful time the Gibran quote is often on my mind. Today I took a trip to the vet’s with a friend and her horse. The visit reminded me of the last trip I took with Vaquero to the vet. It is a memory that is full of sadness.

When I reflect and try to see how this sadness has shaped my happiness it isn’t hard for me to see.

I remember thinking that I would be happy just to have Vaquero come home and live as a pasture pet. Gone were my hopes of more freestyle reining classes. I was quickly willing to accept less than I had been before. Suddenly the simple things in life were the things that mattered.