“As a conclusion of these general observations about the course of dressage training I want to add the serious admonition; not to hurry any of the exercises and to let them all follow one another in such a way that the preceding exercise always consitutes a secure basis for the next one. Violations of this rule will always exert payment later on; not only by a triple loss of time but very frequently by resistances which, for a long time if not forever, interfere with the relationship between horse and rider and often jeapardize the success of the entire enterprise.” – Gustav Steinbrecht 1884
Every moment – every circumstance, every decision, every interaction – leads to the next. Your life is one long chain of moments strung together, from the day you were born into the light of day to the day you exhale your last breath. Every link affects every future link.
The notion that you can be angry, divisive, resentful, begrudging, judgmental or cruel in one moment of your life as a means of protecting that which you love or ensuring a better future is a fallacy. Every link affects every future link.
Thankfully people forgive and people forget, but violations of the sanctity of the moment will always “exert payment later on.” The point is: take care how you carry yourself from one moment to the next. You are wise to treat each moment (and especially those present within it!) with sanctity – as a loving mother would protect and enfold her newborn child – because a well-handled moment always constitutes a secure basis for the next one.