You can lead a horse to water, but what if it's blind?

Leadership took on a new role while I was in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. I was there for a few shoots and to explore a bit and little did I know that I would spend more time exploring my heart versus the amazing countryside. I worked with a photographer who also ran a horse rehabilitation ranch. I’m sure you have heard the age old quote “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” Well that quote took on new form for me this week in Spain because it’s one thing to lead a horse that can see but what about leading a horse that can’t? That really challenged me in the sense of how impatient I can be with people. Once I knew this horse was blind, I treated it different. Not necessarily better or worse, but different. I was willing to have more empathy for the horse and to be more patience understanding that it may need additional time or awareness to adapt. I’m not advocating for “special treatment” or “special needs” but what I am saying is that I wished I looked at everyone through that lense of kindness and patience. Love is patient, love is kind.