The more we ride them the better we get at memorizing them. We build upon previous experiences and observations. Our brains are actually changed. We’re learning to learn.
So, if experience goes through the routine, perhaps wisdom says, This is the way things typically go.
Left lead skills are typically followed by a lead change and some right lead skills. After jumps to the right come the jumps to the left. From dressage ring to hunter course to reining pen. Wise riders are ones who’ve learned to recognize the flow of the show – patterns, schedules and horses – the way things usually work.
Taken a step further, the wise rider not only sees of the rhythms and routines, but applies what she knows.
I love the ancient Hebrew word for wisdom, Hochma – conveying the image of a pattern woven into the fabric of the universe. Jesus commended those who
1. recognized the pattern and 2. applied it in their lives.
This is the way things typically go. Connecting the dots. Seeing the warning signs. Making different choices next time in the same situation.
In light of my past experience, my present circumstances, and my future hopes and dreams, what is the WISE thing for me to do? Andy Stanley, pastor.