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The Action of Appreciation


Newport Bridge, Rhode Island



Fish don’t know water is wet!


Sometimes the most valuable things in our lives are not “out there” or “someday”.


Most times they are right here and right now.


We need to witness our worths in order to move them into our reality so we can Act on them and release their Appreciation into our lives.


This movement from obscurely aware to full on contact appreciation is the HorsePower of life that releases the gifts right in front of our noses and delivers them into the full light of mattering.


Today was another example of life being as obvious as the nose on my face – the only problem being I rarely notice my nose unless I’m shaving or plucking nose hairs.



I have lived in beautiful Rhode Island for 56 years and have enjoyed my fair share of its natural wealth and beauty. My satisfaction though, has kept me from exploring other opportunities to sense what other gems of the senses are in my back yard.


Not today, Today I acted on my vocalized desire of “Someday” I would like to kayak in Ninigret pond.


At the bridge that crosses over the union of Green Pond and Ninigret pond in Charlestown RI there is a quaint and quite convenient Kayak rental facility that I’ve observed for the past 15 years,  always saying, “Someday it would be great to rent one of those Kayaks and explore the pond.”



Well today I ACTED on my vocalized desire and did exactly that.


At 10:30 AM, Katleen and I put on our life vests, mind you the average depth of the pond is only 4 to 6 ft and with todays low tide it was more like 4 to 6 inches in many places. I’m not usually one for the restriction of life vests and today it did not matter because the Act of Appreciation was flowing through everything I was doing.


We got the formal directions from the happy tanned attendant and off we went. We had rented the Kayaks for 2 hours and wanted to see all we could in that time or at least I have a memory of an old story that no longer serves me echoing that in the back of my mind.


What really took place after we went under the bridge was a slowing down of time and an amplifying of appreciation for natures beauty in the place I call home. (Which I’m discovering more and more or as I Act on my Appreciation.)



Kayaking Ninigret Pond towards East Beach


There is quote from Albert Einstein: ” Nothing happens till something moves”


We were moving and it was happening.


If you told me I was in the Everglades or even Hawaii, I would have said, “here is better, ” because here is home and here is now and here I am and here we are.


The temperature was 79 degrees, the water was clear, the fauna and flora of these two salt ponds were abundant in the form of fish, crustaceans, birds, AND happy smiling humans and their canine aquatic companions.



We kayaked through the channels to the breakwater where the pond emptied into the Atlantic Ocean. We grounded our kayak on a remote sandy shoal that today was abound with many types of water transportation devises carrying more of those happy humans who today also decided to act on their appreciation’s.



floating above wildlife, surrounded by wildlife.


After landing our craft of appreciation on the beach we ventured afoot to the Eastern most portion of East Beach.  Three miles of beach and 12 people as far as the eye could see.


Warm, clear aquamarine colored water, cool breeze, light waves and endless sun and only 12 appreciators on the beach while over 100 were only 200 yards away.


Kat went in for a swim,  her first on this side of the Atlantic pond this Summer. We drank in the beauty, knowing we will be back soon with Brenda Lee, Kylian, Eddie, Red Dog, and Lucy.


We looked forward, toward our next walk on the beach transformational workshop on Oct 26 and headed back to our trusted aquatic appreciation transportation device, our Kayak!


We made our way back to the rental facility already planning our time here with Kat’s parents who will be visiting from Belgium this September.


We both decided that we will need our own Kayaks for next summer as well as two paddle boards.


As we sat on the tailgate of the truck eating our salads, we noticed all the out of state license plates in the parking lot.


There were far more out of state plates than in state, only proving once again that we don’t always appreciate what is in our own back yard because fish don’t know water is wet.


It was only through  Acting with the HorsePower of Appreciation that the Action of this moving experience is now part of our experiential memory and its sensory awareness is now already seeking it’s Next


I hope you move beyond words of observation and ACT on your appreciations today, tomorrow, any day, but never someday.


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Go For IT Gratitude!



Are you grateful, really grateful?


Have you heard the conversation that goes like this.


Q: “Are you happy?”

A:  “Yes”

Observation: “Then tell your face about it”


Just because we say the word grateful does not mean we are feeling grateful.


We’ve all been on the receiving end of empty comments about gratitude from complacent, otherwise preoccupied, casually unaware, others.


Maybe, if we are honest we can remember being the other.


Well, I have an “Other” way to look at gratitude that will put some HorsePower in your gratefulness and move you and others to gratitude in action.




“Go for IT Gratitude”


Here is the story:


Last week I visited my good friend Spencer LaFlure and his wife Judy. They live in Athol NY within the Adirondack National Forest which is 6 million acres of land. All the other National Parks combined can fit within its borders.




This is where Spencer grew up and where he calls home and he is proud of it.


I went there to get away and “go for it” with my gratitude.


I brought Brenda Lee and Kylian along with us so they could go on a ranch vacation also.

I did not bring them to ride, drive, or train.

I brought them there because I’m grateful for them in my life.

I wanted them to hang out and be horses, to run, gallop, frolic and be with each other in the depth of nature.


I feel grateful for them in my life so I “Go for IT”.

IT, being my Inner Truth in action, my Inner Truth of joy for joy’s sake.


While there, I said thank you to Spencer and Judy many times to acknowledge their gift to me and for offering their ranch experience to my wife Katleen, Brenda Lee and Kylian.




My “Go for IT”  was seen in asking Spencer to show me his home, his land, his chosen place to live “In the Wild”.


I wanted to be the Witness of Spencer’s life work as my “GO for IT Gratitude”.


I witnessed, listened, and enjoyed and let him see my joy as he showed me his life.


We cruised Lake George where he and his father would swim 300 head of horses across as part of the dude ranch yearly chores.


We visited Gore Mountain where Spencer would teach and entertain skiers, and while there we bumped into his old friends.


We visited the Dude Ranch where Spencer stepped out his own and where he has his school of Advanced Whole Horse Dentistry.


All the while I had no need to say thank you. All I had to do was be witness to how his life was and where it is going now and show him my happiness in experiencing it all.




After saying goodbye and getting back to the rhythms of life at home, I reached out to both Judy and Spencer and let them know again how much it meant to me to give the gift of their life to those closest to me in my life.


And now I’m going to Go For IT and let him witness how this inspirational visit is unfolding in my life.


It may be our own ranch.

It may be letting him know how much closer Brenda Lee and Kylian are after their first vacation together.

It may be Katleen sending them 120 photos of the entire weekend.

It may be the smile I’m holding in my heart during our next phone conversation.


It will be so much more than just saying “thank you” as I show him the Nextness of his friendship in my life.


Thank you Spencer and Judy for sharing your life and inspiring this whispering.

Thank you Katleen for sharing the journey with me and capturing it in your beautiful photography.

Thank you Brenda Lee and Kylian for giving me reason larger than myself to create my life.


Thank you, who are reading this, for it is the thought of your witness, that inspires me to “Go For It”, and for that I am eternally grateful!!!



The next time someone does something that you feel grateful for, try this:


Acknowledge their gift and the let them see its Nextness in your life.


Show them what happens next after the gratitude acknowledgement.


It could be your happiness, your smile, your joy.

It could be your new state after receiving their gracious gift.

It could be your action of using their gift in your life and letting them witness its use.


Go for IT.



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Forget Forgiveness, Kindness Kicks Ass.

Kindness Matters



Forget forgiveness as the primary means to moving beyond a troubling situation.


Before I begin, I want to make clear that I think that forgiveness is a powerful tool to help us let go of real and perceived past grievances of others toward us, us toward others and us toward ourselves.


Also let me be clear that I use the power of forgiveness daily to clear space in my life and heart.


Forgiveness does have some drawbacks that I experience when using it as the ONLY way of moving beyond what is and toward what matters.


While I’m in the process of forgiving, I tend to get hung up on three sticky points:


1. While I’m forgiving, I can easily lean toward self righteousness, as I perceive myself as the victim and the other as the oppressor.

2. While forgiving, my focus is on what happened, not what I want to happen.

3. While forgiving, I first realize that I have been blaming for too long which feels like shit and that is not the space I want to forgive from.


Forgiveness by itself is tough to get and keep going.


There is another big brother or sister to forgiveness that can really help get things moving in a better feeling direction.


“Kick Ass Kindness” has taken me and my forgiveness to another space of freedom and empowerment.


The reason I say Kick Ass Kindness, especially when forgiving myself, is because I usually have resistance to what is best for me initially. It takes a loving kind act to take myself by the hand or by the hair kicking and screaming toward what matters most.


Sort of like sending me out to my first summer camp, baseball tryouts or even bodysurfing in the waves. At first I offered resistance and a wall of self consciousness. It always took the encouraging loving words of someone who cares, followed by a kick in the ass that was just enough of the push I needed to get me going.

“Only Kindness Matters”

Pause for a moment and read the lyrics from the Song “Hands” by Jewel





If I could tell the world just one thing

It would be that we’re all OK

And not to worry ’cause worry is wasteful

And useless in times like these

I won’t be made useless

I won’t be idle with despair

I will gather myself around my faith

For light does the darkness most fear

My hands are small, I know

But they’re not yours, they are my own

But they’re not yours, they are my own

And I am never broken

Poverty stole your golden shoes

It didn’t steal your laughter

And heartache came to visit me

But I knew it wasn’t ever after

We’ll fight, not out of spite

For someone must stand up for what’s right

‘Cause where there’s a man who has no voice

There ours shall go singing

My hands are small I know

But they’re not yours, they are my own

But they’re not yours, they are my own

I am never broken

In the end only kindness matters

In the end only kindness matters

I will get down on my knees, and I will pray

I will get down on my knees, and I will pray

I will get down on my knees, and I will pray

My hands are small I know

But they’re not yours, they are my own

But they’re not yours, they are my own

And I am never broken

My hands are small I know

But they’re not yours, they are my own

But they’re not yours, they are my own

And I am never broken

We are never broken

We are God’s eyes

God’s hands

God’s mind

We are God’s eyes

God’s hands

God’s heart

We are God’s eyes

God’s hands

God’s eyes

We are God’s hands

We are God’s hands



So it is with our hearts, minds, eyes and hands that we can offer ourselves the kindness that the act of kindness offers to the giver and the receiver.


And in the act of kindness, forgiveness is For Giving.


Today I was listening to the 2014 Hay House World Summit’s interview with Michael J Chase.


I heard Michael say that Kindness is Love and Action.


Where there is love, forgiveness has taken place and where there is love and kindness there is someone creating a new experience.


This is where I want to go.


Yes, I want to be forgiving.

More, I want what I want to forgive to be better than before forgiveness was needed.


On Michael’s site  you see “Kindness Matters” on the shirts.


At Release Your Inner HorsePower I’m always focused on moving others toward what matters, as they cling to old patterns that no longer serve.


This is where Kick Ass Kindness many times is the most loving, forgiving act I can do for myself or another.


Kindness is Love in Action and I want to move toward what matters!

Do you?


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Get Whys!



Its July 24th and I’m coming to the end of the first round of the HorsePower Productivity Challenge. With only 6 more days to go, I’m already getting excited to continue with round two and to further my progress of habitualizing my life in line with my next.


Thats right, habitualizing my life and I’m ready, but that is not what this Whispering is about although at first it may seem so.


I read this quote last week and did not like it.


The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Russian novelist (1821 – 1881)


What annoyed me the most about it was:

1/. It’s true.

2/. It doesn’t have to be.

3/. I was not consciously participating in most of my habit forming.

4/. There are many habits I wish to change.

5/. Many I’m not aware of yet.

6/. Some I wish to keep.

7/. Many I wish to create to make this quote untrue in my lifetime.


When I read the following quotes, I measured myself against them and came away wanting.


“Your beliefs become your thoughts,

Your thoughts become your words,

Your words become your actions,

Your actions become your habits,

Your habits become your values,

Your values become your destiny.”

Mahatma Gandhi


Watch my words, watch my thoughts, watch my words, watch my actions, watch my habits, watch my values, by now I’m feeling like my destiny is to watch, but I don’t feel like watching the my past habits, seen and unseen, there has got to be a better way!


“A man who can’t bear to share his habits is a man who needs to quit them.”

Stephen King,The Dark Tower

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”

Samuel Johnson


Ouch is all I can say, Samuel Johnson


And then a ray of hope from Samuel Smiles, this quote felt better and actually awoke a smile within me, no pun intended.


“Sow a thought, and you reap an act;

Sow an act, and you reap a habit;

Sow a habit, and you reap a character;

Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”

Samuel Smiles


But Sow What?


This time pun intended.


Sow What?

As I begin to sow the habits of my choosing into my life so that my second half looks very different from the first, I’m first met with the challenge of deciding what habits I want to shape my life with.


Frodo: “I wish none of this had happened.”

Gandalf: “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”


Sowing my Whys first, then sow my whats!

Whys are my intuitively sensed motivations!

Whys are my heartfelt directions.

Whys are sensed only and don’t need to make sense to be true.


As I begin my second round of HorsePower productivity, before I do my daily reading I will focus on my Whys.


Why do I want to be more productive?

Why do I want to create a better life?

Why do I want to explore, express and expand who I am with the time that has been given to me ?


I will listen quietly to the answers my heart and intuition offer me, and in the context of that daily inspired why, I will read each day of the “30 days of Agile Results” so they provide me with the productivity HorsePower I need to move toward my whys by habitualizing my life as a servant to that end.


So here is my plan for round 2:


Get Whys… Feel my intuition, Listen to my heart.

Be Smart…Develop habits that move me toward my Whys.

Become Wise…Continue to adjust and create new habits as I go and grow.


Let round 2 begin, I’m ready!

Come join me.

Feel the Connection

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Make your Move

Make that Change






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Put the Cart Before the Horse


Go ahead, Put the Cart Before the Horse!!!

I remember reading a quote from Ray Hunt (A true horseman) written on an old barn wall in upstate New York owned by Spencer LaFlure, a horseman first class, horse dentist, and true friend. The quote went something like this:

“Know what happens before what happens and you will know what really happened”- Ray Hunt

I was brought back to this quote and the creation of the title of our movement to date, “Horses Know The Way Home – Feel the Connection” that was arrived at through much soul searching, time with Brenda Lee and in depth conversations with Jonathan Field, Mark Russell, and many others.

Home being, right here, right now!

Home being, the place where true creation takes place and a place that horses can take us to.

Home being, the space and time where we live or where living takes place.

But what if there we more to it than that. What if there was a place beyond time and space where all creation takes place?

The place where “What happens before what happens”, takes place.

Today as I was listening to track two of the 2014 Hay House World Summit, I heard Amit Goswami describe such a place as real. Even more real than reality, actually the place where realities are created.

Amit Goswami has a Ph.D. in theoretical quantum physics. He has authored the following books:

In other words, he has dedicated his life to the study of “Things” and where they come from.

 Amit Goswami, Ph.D. has proposed a theory of consciousness, rather than atoms, as the fundamental reality of the material world.

In this interview he defines consciousness as “Being With”

He suggests that it is in that place when we are with an idea before it has manifested and is the space where creation takes place.

Or the ultimate place where what happens before what happens happens.

In other words, creation needs our “Withness” in order to be complete.

Let me tell you one of the first times I felt this to the core of my being.

I was taking a riding lesson on Brenda Lee from a truly gifted artist of a teacher, she could paint a picture with her words that would allow my body to slip into the perfect position without my “Knowing”.  She had learned from a protege of Sally Swift.

One day as she described my body as an ocean buoy that moved up and down on the waves of the ocean and in this case Brenda Lee was the ocean. She went on to say that the center buckle that the chains of the buoy were attached to was 8” below Brenda Lee’s spine.

As I imagine myself as a buoy, flowing, allowing and connected to the Oceans forces, she went on to explain that the portal or port hole that all communication between myself and Brenda Lee would go through was the area between my pubic and coccyx bones. (Speak though my butt).

I liked this because it helped me to relax and keep that portal open and soft as opposed to tight and restricted.

And so I did…

As I rode with this I felt a complete sense of oneness experienced as a lack of resistence.

I could sense myself and then IT happened.

I could sense that Brenda Lee was sensing back.

It was at this moment that she quoted her mentor.

“When we look in to the abyss, we notice the abyss is looking back.”

I was with Brenda Lee’s consciousness and she with mine but there was something more.

She was connected to that which connects us all and she was introducing me to IT, (IT = Inner Truth) though my senses.

She was bringing me home to the place where IT happens before IT happens.

I fell to her neck and sobbed like a baby.

Call it love

Call it oneness

Call it infinite light

My need or desire to call it, or name it, stayed clear so as not to insult IT.


Brenda Lee brought me “Home”

She allowed me to “Feel The Connection”

She let me sense the wisdom of “Being With” , with every cell of my body and beyond, with my consciousness itself.

The rest is making sense of what first must be sensed.

And today leaders of science like Amit Goswami are discovering what Ray Hunt, Brenda Lee and nature, know of its own nature.

That we are all connected.

And when we connect with that we are where what happens, happens and we can truly begin to be Creative Beings and create the world we wish to live in.

So go ahead put the cart before the horse and sense the life you want before it seems real, before you believe or not.

Put your hopes, dreams and desires on your cart and witness the perfect horse show up to take it where you want to go.


Feel the connection,

Release your Inner Horse Power


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Why your To Do List isn’t getting it done!




“My day got away from me today”

“I spent the whole day putting out fires”

“I have soooo much to do today”

“I started the day with 6 things on my todo list, I got none of them done and now have 13 things to do.”

“I can’t wait till this day is over”

“I hate Mondays!”

“It’s hump day!”


The previous thoughts, saying and quotes I have uttered many times when the events and circumstances of “THE DAY” ran my life rather than served me.   All of them refer to the power of “THE DAY” to run our lives, rather than us creating our day.   As I was reading a recent productivity blog posting from AE, I read the following expert that brought me right back to the power of THE DAY serving me and thus becoming My Day or for Apple fans iDay.


“Because they aren’t organized, they have no choice to respond to what life throws at them. Because they don’t have a system and haven’t told their day what to do, their day tells them what to do instead.” – Mike Schmitz



Do you have a system to organize your day?

What are your rituals that help you “getting things done”?


Over the past 30 years I have used and tested many systems and I’d like to share my TOP 10  most successful practices with you! This checklist is of my favorite rituals, systems and software that I use with satisfying regularity that help me create my day, that help me tell my day what to do.

Download my TOP 10 Productivity Practices that give me the Personal HorsePower I need to create HKTWH, expand it to Release your Personal HP, run a successful remodeling business, work out five days per week and spend quality time with my all my animals while happily sharing this life with my wife, family and friends, by telling my days what I want them to do for me.


Start telling your day what to do today…by downloading this now.     I know that the thought of using new ways, getting familiar with supporting software and creating new patterns may seem like a lot. It was a lot to set it up initially but now it flows and delivers spectacular day after day where even the “Bad Days” are simple great days with the luster taken off.   So let me save you the time, trial and errors of looking for al these tools. I feel so much enthusiasm about the power of these tools that I want to give them to you.

Today, I tell my day what to do.

Well it is more like an asking, a creating, an allowing of possibilities that work for me while I work my way through my day.   I hope this helps any of you to tell/ask your day to perform for you in ways that serve you.   Now that your day is serving you, it has one question for you…..What would you like me todo for YOU!


What do you want?


Feel the Connection

Brian Reid

How to Change Your State at Will

We all have those days that nothing seems to go right. We wonder what’s wrong with us, why this is all happening and before we know it, things are weighing us down. We feel overwhelmed, we feel discouraged, we feel like a failure. And sometimes, we are so caught up in our own vicious cycle that we have to see the reality of it through the eyes of others. If we see it …
I’ve been there, many times and for long periods of time as well.
Even in my first years as a succesful entrepreneur, it took time to come to the conclusions that keep me in the flow these days.
Now I want to share with you what I learned – through trial and error, failure and success – until I could create the current and consistent habit that easily moves me away from the state I don’t like to be in and towards the one that I do like. And sometimes the state I’d like to be in is too far away from the one I’m trying to leave, so I choose a state that simply … feels better.
Before I share with you how I do this, let me first remind you of the key element that will set you up for a successful state change:

Become aware of the state you are in, right now.


Try it now, with me. Take a deep breath and scan your body for tension, relaxation, discomfort, comfort, recurring thoughts, how you are breathing, … Sense it and describe it as best you can.

Click here to download my 6 P’s to move you toward your desired State of Being.


I use these 6 P’s daily! Really! AND I use them to anticipate, to empower me and to help engage my Inner HorsePower. The place where I do this most is in the gym: right before a set that will challenge me to go beyond what I know. I fully feel for the first 5 P’s and release all I have with a loud “POP”! And it is mind-blowing time after time to catch myself in the act of doing my next set and feel my full potential flow.

Yes! Thank You! Next?

Now it’s up to you. Go for it. Download the 6 P’s cheat sheet and start practicing.

I’m curious to read about how this works for you, when and where you apply the 6P’s and how it impacts your daily life.

Share it in the comments below!

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Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds




As I got in my truck at 8:30 p.m. after a late gym workout with Kateen, I noticed a vaguely familiar number in my voice messages on my iPhone. As I listened to the message, I hastened my pace to get home as quick as possible.


Police: This is the dispatcher at the Jamestown police.  There is a small dog loose in front of your house that the neighbor has reported as being yours.


I quickly returned their call:


Me: “Hello this is Brian Reid and I have a message that my dog Lucy has gotten out.”

Police: “Yes, your neighbor contacted us twice, once at 6:30 and again at 7:30.  Apparently she was sitting in the street barking at the cars as they drove around her. Later she was seen in your yard barking at passers by as well as all traffic.”

Me: “I’m on my way”, I said nervously.  “Eddie and Red my two larger dogs must have dug a hole under the fence large enough for Lucy to get out and so she did. Or maybe she directed them to do it. Either way, I’m on my way, thanks for the notice.”


I quickly called the neighbor.


Me: “Hello neighbor, I hear that Lucy got out.”

Neighbor: Yes, she has been sitting in the middle of the road barking at traffic and generally lounging as if she lives there. I called her name and told her to get in her yard and she just “Looked” at me. I parked my vehicle – by this time she was in your driveway, and barking wildly at me a seemed very upset – and tried to catch her to no avail. It started to pour and I went inside as she continued to bark at traffic from your yard.

Me: “Got it, thank you for trying and thank you for letting the police know. I’ll be there in 10 min. Thanks again.”


As I approached the house I fully expected to see Lucy on the front porch, soaking wet, cowering at the front door as soon as she heard the sound of my truck coming up the road. When I got in the driveway there was nothing, no Lucy anywhere to be found. The steady rain turned to drizzle on a warm, windless, dark night. We checked in the back yard and in the house and in the shop and office to see if anyone had caught her and put her inside.

We found the back door was open which we had made sure we shut tight before we left, leaving Eddie and Red outside and Lucy inside as usual.  Lucy apparently has trained Eddie to use his head as a battering ram to open all doors without deadbolts.

Red Dog and Eddie

Red Dog and Eddie

After scouring every inch of our property she was no where in sight and this was a first time for her in the 12 years that she has been in our lives.


Flash lights in hand, off into the now rainless, dark, eerily silent night we went searching for Lucy.


First stop was the neighbor who reported her, only to hear the story as before with one unnerving addendum:  “a white SUV has been slowing and stopping by Lucy for quite some time. That’s all!”


That’s all, OMG!  What if? What if? What if?


Across the street we went to a neighbor that is also a steward of a human/yorkie relationship.


He reported seeing, well actually hearing first then seeing her as she was telling everyone who would listen or look, “ This is my yard, I’m in charge and you are being warned”!!


Once he realized we could not find her, he immediately began the call that would echo throughout the silent night, arousing the voice of every dog within miles, except Lucy’s,




Luuuucccy! Awaking every canine ear, within ear shot, and receiving their call back, bark,bark bark….bark, bark, bark, followed by house lights being turned as the humans arose to see who in their right mind was breaking the silence of this night with Luuuucccyyyyy!

As I walked all the north south roads on either side of my house, then the east west roads, I could not stop my mind from wondering!!!


Wondering, Is she sitting in someones home, waiting for daybreak?

Wondering, Did Coyotes get her, as I know other pets in the neighborhood have gone?

Wondering, Did she get hit by a car and if so is she gone or injured?

Wondering, Did someone take her for their own?


This liturgy of wondering would play out in my mind throughout the night as I walked the streets. Luuuuuuccccyyyyyyy! Louder this time, caring more about getting a response from her than waking all of Jamestown. I knocked on every house door that had a light and white SUV! Explaining who I was, where I lived and who Luuuuuccccyyyy was.

After covering as much area as I could, exhausted more from the not knowing rather than lack of sleep, I went home and swapped assignments with Katleen. She went out with Eddie and I stayed home worrying where Lucy might be or more accurate what her fate might be. I know Lucy has lived a full life, I just was not ready to say goodbye just yet.


I posted notices on FB, sent out requests for animal communicator friends I know, alerted the dog rescue people on the Island.

Still after 4 hours of search and six hours of escape nothing.  I know that might not sound like much but a six pound Yorkie who has been by our side always it was eternity.

Katleen and I made our beds on the couch with all the windows open, listening for even the slightest “Peep”.

Katleen seemed to be much more at ease than I. She said she did not have any feeling of worry and that brought me a little hope.

I looked and Red and Ed and they did not seem upset either…a little more hope.

I asked myself one key question that changed everything within me.


What do I know?


Do I know if……no!

Do I know if……no!

Do I know if……no!


Then I admitted to myself that I Do Not Know and allowed myself to HOPE.


Not the Hope that emits from to a state of hopelessness.


I began to Hope from the solid platform of Ignorance.


I don’t know so HOPE


I began to be Hopeful that Lucy was on her way home.

Excited that she was happily coming home.


A breath of fresh air filled my chest as if I had just eaten a Peppermint Patty and off to sleep I went.


Before I fell asleep I asked Brenda Lee to communicate with me where Lucccyyyy was.

I’m not an animal communicator but desperate times require desperate action.


Brenda Lee told me to go to sleep, she will send her home.

Brenda Lee and Lucy

Brenda Lee and Lucy

Within ten minutes I was snoring

Within 15 minutes Eddie and Red were up and at the door aroused by something.


I got up, went out, to nothing and gave one last Luuuuuccccyyyy!!! into the echoed night.




Was the only sound I heard from the back door, and there she was, healthy, dry and glad to be home.

Was she where I had let my mind go…No!

She was outside of my thoughts, In the Sky with Diamonds where Hopes and Dreams are.


I just Hope when it is her time to go I can offer the Diamonds that Hope offers us all when we don’t know!!!


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Feeling OK is the Key to Set You Free

The truth that you are O.K. will set you free!


At a recent private Release Your HorsePower workshop for future counselors and therapists, we delved into what horses have to offer us when we have challenges with addiction and dependencies.

This led us to how we can release OUR Personal HorsePower to move beyond the restraints of addictive/dependent behaviors that no longer serve us and toward what matters most in our lives.

To actually create habits and rituals in our lives that serve our movement. Movement from where we are to where we want to be.

The question is not “What is your Addiction?” but rather “Are your addictions serving you?”

First we need to look at the blinding element that restricts us from ever having the vision, awareness, or foresight to see beyond our addictions and actually determine whether they are serving us.

This blinding element that keeps us in the dark, keeps us from seeing clearly, is where horses can help us the most.


For it is in our ability to judge ourselves that we blind ourselves, and it is in their inability to judge themselves or others and here they offer us a candle in our darkness.


Horses do not judge, cannot judge!

They cannot resonate with shame, blame or guilt.

They do not wish that others would be other than they are.

And they freely speak their truth while finding their natural place in life according to their Nature.


In other words, they are O.K. within their own skin and with others being who they are in their skin.


Does that mean they love and accept all situations? NO!

They tell their truths based on the situations at hand and are not clouded by thinking it should not be.


They accept, see and then act accordingly.

This O.K.- ness with themselves and others helps them see.

Does that mean they are O.K. with the hungry wolf? NO!

But they are not blinded, nor their actions are interfered, by judging the wolf as bad or that the wolve’s actions should not be. Hence they can act/react in the moment, NOT in the judgement.


Their lives depend on this freedom offered by O.K.- ness.

We can have this same freedom when we use our O.K.- ness as a tactical tool to effect a situation rather than a conceptual tool to judge our situation.


I want you to consider using your O.K.- ness by thinking of O.K. in a different way.

To engage your personal HorsePower and move any situation toward what matters most to you while freeing you of the blindness of judgement, try using the powerful tactical move of applying your O.K.- ness to MOVE any situation toward a direction that matters more to you.


Next time you catch yourself confused, conflicted, feeling incongruent or weak, use O.K.




Not to be “Nice” or “Good” but rather to see clearly and engagingly move any situation to a better feeling place.


Use O.K. Our Kindness to be kind to ourselves first

Use O.K. Our Kindness to be kind to others

Use O.K. Our Kindness to tell a better story than the one you are in.


Start with O.K. by accepting the situation as it is and using O.K. Our Kindness to move it toward what matters.


We humans are naturally compassionate and when we align with our nature, nature will align with us to create newness and freedom beyond the restrictive behaviors of addiction and dependencies that no longer serve.




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There is Life after Death

At some point in our life, we deal with loss …The loss of a friend, a partner, a soulmate.

In a recent conversation with my wife we talked about Quinn, the Friesian she let go off in 2011. He used to be Kylian’s best friend before he met Brenda Lee in person and he used to be Katleen’s equine soulmate, along with Kylian.

This Whispering is about how I used the story of being human to help her in 2011 with how to create life in the next chapter of the story of Quinn, her horse friend.

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The human I’m referring to is Frank Reid, my father, and how he became more alive in my story of him since his death than when he was alive.

My father, as all of us, had many sides to his personality. I often refer to him as a “More Than”. More kind, more selfless, more funny and more generous Than anyone else I knew.  More mean, more violent, more selfish and more fearful Than anyone else I ever knew.

After his passing, I got on with my life and decided  to pursue a childhood dream of being a Body Builder.  During this venture I could often be witnessed in the gym lifting incredible amounts of weight.  People around me were amazed and gave me great space when I was working out.  Not because I wanted them to but rather because of the intense focused state I would put myself into, in order to lift these weights.  I would tap into my fathers’ violence and meanness and move weights that were previously beyond my imagination.

While in this state a funny thing happened, I was filled with gratitude for my father being my father.  Something I had lost long ago, wiped out by the states of being on the other side of too much alcohol, and what that does to an already intense personality acting out his pain on others.


Here I was, headphones on, listening to Christine Aguilera’s music as loud as it would go and the most obvious forces driving my performance were my fathers intensity, anger and violence applied to my childhood dreams in a focused pursuit.

I never asked for this intensity but here it was, available for my use to create rather than destroy. An option only made true by my choosing to direct it toward the life I wanted to create, the story I wanted to write.

I wondered if he ever had this option, if he was ever aware of this choice.

Resentment, loss and anger were transformed through awareness and understanding to gratitude, love, and support and the gift was my father “ALIVE” in my life, lifting me toward the life I wanted to create.  My father was alive in my life and I was forty at the time.  “Thank you Frank”.

Back to Katleen.  As I listened to Katleen share her feelings of her loss of Quinn I was moved to see how well she was doing.

I remember she was feeling the loss, the pain, the sorrow and she was O.K. with it.  She was actually slightly beyond O.K. to a state of satisfaction that she could at once feel pain, loss, sorrow, and confusion all the while feeling warmth, fondness, connection and love toward her companion.  She was solid in her authenticity and genuineness. Two states that Quinn taught her were the foundation of living in the moment and following your heart.  As I listened to her, I felt a sense of relief that she was doing well and a sense of gratitude toward having a friend who lives life according to the life lessons her horses have taught her.  To be in the moment, to be genuine and authentic.

In her authenticity she shared that she will never get to feel him again.  She alluded to her sense of his “goneness”,  his forever absence from her life, his death.

This is where I asked her to think about another option, his Life.

I shared with her the story of my father and asked her to consider that every horse she owns or rides from this day forth will be influenced by her relationship with Quinn. She could honor his life and bring him back into her world by feeling for his presence and guidance with every relationship she has going forward and toward the life she is creating.  She could create the story of Quinn’s next rather than his never.  The choice was hers, she was aware of the option.

I also reminded her of how so many people ask me how old Brenda Lee is, while what they are really asking is how long till she dies.  What they don’t know is Brenda Lee will always live in my life forever as Quinn does in Katleen’s story.

It’s not the story of the loss of Quinn, it is the story of the living of Quinn in Katleen’s life.

Visit this link to read Katleen’s guest Blog about Quinn.


Have you been in the situation of losing a loved one?

What are the gifts that your loved one(s) have left for you, today?

Share it with me and with us all and let your gifts expand.

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Brian Reid

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