The Healing Horse, Ch. 38, Scene 5: This New Beginning

photo of pine trees in Ciherrang

This scene concludes a chapter on a happy note. Young Karen receives confirmation from her spiritual mentor that she is becoming a teacher and preparing the next generation of people with disabilities to change the world for the better. 

[Image by Thufailah Mumtazah, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons]

Scene 5: This New Beginning

Joshua led Daisy back to the barn, and Karen watched the blue station wagon bump back down the drive to the road. It sped away, and she began her walk home. As she passed a big apple tree, a familiar neigh rang in the morning air.

“Pegasus, what are you doing here?”

“The apples are much better here, but they’re out of season.” His ears flickered. He and Karen laughed. “I had to see my Kitten teach.”

“I’m so glad you did. And now you can give me a ride home.”

“Your wish is my command.”

Pegasus kneeled and she scrambled onto his back. He walked, and she stroked his face.

“I feel so confident today, boy. I can do anything I put my mind to.”

“Yes, and you demonstrated this in your outer life by your bold actions and affirmations. Thus, the universe reciprocated.”

Karen inhaled the sweet scent of pine and looked up through the branches at the limitless sky. “You’re right Pegasus. Every day, I give thanks for the blessings the universe bestowed upon me. For you, for Gilberto, and for Joshua. You are my teachers. So much has happened since Joshua lifted a frightened little girl onto your back at the carousel.”

Pegasus said, “Dance helps you soar beyond your disabilities. Horseback riding helps you rise to higher levels of physical endurance and strength of mind. Teaching riding will help you connect with more people by sharing with them. The disabled children you teach will play an important role in the world. They will draw strength from you and Joshua’s boundless energy and example. And they will transform the world.”

Original text ©2023 by Karen Lynn-Chlup. All rights reserved.

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