GUILTY! Yes, You! You are guilty of trying to force others to see, feel, and think the way you do. You are guilty of trying to change others who are unwilling to change. You are guilty of forcing your own beliefs on countless others. We are all guilty in one way or another of attempting to convert another person yet they refuse to budge. As the old adage states, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink it. It’s true, you can’t.
Learn to accept that which you cannot change and face the fact that some people are going to stay who they are; you can’t change them. We must realize when we’ve reached as far as we’re allowed to go with someone. We must quickly come to the realization that we cannot force people to be who we want them to be for the simple fact that we control our own destinies. And since we control our own destiny, we should restrict from altering another person’s destiny for the sake of protecting our own.
When we try to force a horse to drink, they most likely will not. The fact of the matter is you will lead many horses to the very thing they need the most yet many will be unwilling to accept it, at that time. Eventually, the horse will have to drink the water. Similarly, we must practice patience and trust that those we lead will eventually find the way. It is not enough to blaze the trails for others to follow; we must also get out of the way. Learn to recognize when your efforts become futile, that should be the point where you decide to let nature take its course. It’s out of your hands.
Release the harness and allow the horse to drink and drink at his own pace. Simply, plant the seed.
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