Editor's Postcard

How to Get Smart

How to Get Smart
Catherine Madera

A Cell Phone Education

by Catherine Madera

 

Even the name was intimidating: Smart Phone. It’s only logical to assume that such a phone requires an intelligent operator. What if I wasn’t smart enough? “Less is more,” I told myself. Eventually I broke down and bought an iPhone (yes, even adults yield to peer pressure) even though I never desired a phone capable of managing my life; I simply need to make calls. But behind all of that, the truth is I hate feeling stupid. Technology makes me feel outdated and dumb on a regular basis. 

Smart horse meets smart phone. Photo credit Catherine Madera

I’ve had my phone for a few months now and have to admit I do love it, even though I’ve yet to download an app myself (this is what teenage daughters are for). Slowly I’ve educated myself about the phone and the process illustrates something true about learning: it is easy to turn down growth opportunities in an effort to avoid looking stupid. This is no less true with horses. Rather than risk “looking dumb” in the process of growing as horsemen and women, we stick to “what I’ve always done.” The comfort zone of the familiar can prevent us from the exhilaration of achievement. No matter how long you’ve been riding, challenges and opportunities to learn will continue to present themselves. Educational opportunities are everywhere in this industry and, like with cell phones, there are more options than ever before. Take advantage of this; seek growth and don’t be afraid to ask for help (even if it comes from someone younger). Abandoning a comfort zone is often the first step in getting smart. In this issue on educational opportunities there is much to help you along. For starters, check out Sky Hawk Ranch on page 6 and be inspired by Tracy Stout, a woman who persevered to accomplish amazing goals in Mountain Trail after being forced out of her comfort zone. As always, email me with your questions/comments: editor@nwhorsesource.com.

Ride On!

 

Published August 2012 Issue

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Editor's Postcard
Catherine Madera

Catherine Madera attended Walla Walla University in Eastern Washington where she majored in communications/journalism. After winning a national competition for Guideposts Magazine in 2004, Catherine concentrated on non-fiction inspirational stories. Since then, she has published numerous personal and ghosted stories for Guideposts and their affiliate publications. Catherine has published in many regional and national magazines/newspapers and her work is included in several anthologies. She specializes in equine-related topics and profiles and serves as editor of The Northwest Horse Source. In 2010 Catherine’s non-fiction story, A Hero’s Work, received the Merial Human-Animal Bond award given by American Horse Publications. She has also authored three works of fiction and provides editing/writing assistance through Word Horse Writing Services.

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