a message from Keystone

Keystone had something to share. His message is this: we should carefully plan and acknowledge the importance of the action steps that we take on our way to big goals.
He conveyed his message as I was getting ready to leave the barn and head home. My last task before closing up is usually to let Keystone out of the stall where he has been munching his snack. Our routine is usually that I slide the bar blocking the doorway, then I open the stall door and Keystone follows me out the door. This time, he just stood and looked at me when I opened his stall door, even though he had been banging on it to let me know he was ready to head outside.
I stood there and waited for him to come out. And waited, and waited. Finally I went over and grabbed a handful of treats. Yes, a bribe.
Keystone knows all too well where the treats live, and the sound of the container opening. His radar ears focused on me, yet he still didn’t come out of the stall to get his treat. I moved closer from my position by the open outside door.
As I got closer, Keystone licked and chewed, yet he still didn’t move. I walked even closer, and when I was just out of arm’s reach, he come toward me out of the stall. I gave him the treat and he stopped. I walked toward the door, and he again just stood there and looked at me. I again came closer, just out of arm’s reach, and that’s again, when Keystone came forward. This happened again, until he finally would walk with me out the door.
Because this behavior from Keystone was so different from his and our normal routine is how I detected he had something to share. And the lesson really was all about breaking things down and paying 100% attention to those smaller steps. I think this applies to our journey as we work toward big goals. It can be hard to detect our movement, and feel like we are getting closer to our goal if we don’t pay attention to the mile markers along the way. This can increase our faith and hope in our ability to reach our big goals. And that will be what keeps us going. Thank you, Keystone, for your “words” of wisdom!!