Lettuce? Why didn’t I think of that?

Last weekend at a workshop here at Fire Horse Ranch we ended the day feeding the horses treats.  Years ago I discovered they love all kinds of lettuce, and found it a good substitute for other lettucetreats like carrots and apples that contain a too much sugar for Princess.  I explained this to everyone and showed them how to feed the lettuce leaves without having their fingers nibbled on too.  I’m not sure who enjoyed this activity more – the people or the horses!

After the workshop a good friend, who is also an experienced horse woman, came up and said “Lettuce?  Now why didn’t I think of that?”  She shared a list of all the yummy fruits and veggies she feeds her horses.   Lettuce had never crossed her mind, yet now seemed like an obvious choice.  On her way out to the ranch that night she was going to stop and buy her horses some lettuce too!

Many times we get comfortable in our ways of thinking and what we see in the world around us.  And sometimes we overlook something obvious, sitting right in front of our eyes, because it’s not in our current reality or realm of possibilities.

I often hear the same response from people when they learn I feed my horses lettuce.  Carrots, apples and peppermints top the list of common treats people think of for horses.   Cucumbers, strawberries, bananas, sugar/snap peas, sweet potatoes, ginger root, and fresh mint or parsley rarely make the list.

  • Where in your life is there lettuce waiting to be discovered and recognized? 
  • How might you be limiting your experience by only recognizing carrots, apples, and peppermints? 
  • What can you do to recognize where there lettuce is in your life?
  • How might it create more options, variety, and completely change your experience?

How do you recognize something you’re not seeing?  Here's something to try…

  • Imagine the circumstance/experience in your mind. 
  • Allow yourself to float out above the scene.  Take a wide panormaic look around, see the bigger picture.  Notice what you can see from this perspective that you didn't see before.
  • Experience things from different angles (above/below/upside down/ etc.) and points of view of those involved. 
  • Look around and beyond the obvious of what you see and experience.
  • Release expectation and ask yourself “What if?”
  • Give your imagination free reign to explore options, suggest ideas (no matter how strange they might seem at first), and notice what you notice.

Today….step out of your box and discover lettuce!

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