It's About Them

Young People … Our Greatest Resource

Do They Come When You Call?

While doing training in Nebraska this past fall, I visited with a school counselor in the audience who noted how much teaching young people is like raising horses. She went on to share plenty of examples.

One example involved new colts. If you chase after them in the corral, you’ll be chasing them when they get bigger. The emphasis with a new colt is to get the animal to approach you, to come to you. That, of course, establishes trust and a relationship with the colt.

Although our young people are more sophisticated and infinitely more valuable than horses, don’t we still want them to be comfortable in approaching us? Shouldn’t we have the sort of relationship with them that causes them to see us as a resource in their lives, and not an obstacle? Wouldn’t that make a different in their lives … and ours?

Tom Smith, masterful trainer of the famous horse, Seabiscuit, had this to say:

Learn your horse. Each one is an individual, and once you penetrate his mind and heart, you can often work wonders with an otherwise intractable beast.

If you know the Seabiscuit story and the state of this animal before Tom Smith convinced Charles Howard to buy him on a sure-bet hunch, you know that Smith was capable of practicing what he preached.

It’s a good reminder for us who daily touch the lives of young people.

James D. Sutton, Psychologist



March 17, 2007 - Posted by | Counselors, Difficult Child, Educators, family, Inspirational, Parents, Self-esteem

1 Comment »

  1. Doc,
    This is a wonderful post. It is very true, what we chase is rarely caught, and when it is, it is looking for an opportunitiy to run again. Great wisdom you wrote today!


    Comment by tobeme | March 22, 2007 | Reply

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