This morning it occurred to me -when I watched all the little children trooping into the riding centre wearing body protectors that were half as big as themselves- just how crazy this world of ours has become and how much it has changed. We live by so many rules and regulations nowadays that health and safety has become our middle name and it has made everyone so safety conscious that no one dare take a risk anymore.
If we take out novice riders here they all have to be led from the ground -after we've done a risk assessment of course- and if a horse twitches an ear we get sued. Litigation it seems is very much the sad way of this modern world. Follow the paper trail they tell us, write everything down, record every word you speak, be careful, be careful, be careful. You can't do that and you can't do this, in fact it sometimes feels as if you can't do anything at all anymore. We seem in fact to have rules for everything.
And then suddenly I saw a swallow and I realised that things haven't really changed all that much at all
Put it like this. Anyone can have a baby with no need even for a licence, which kind of makes a mockery of everything really when you think how precious they are. And you don't even have to go on a training course!
So obviously Mother Nature hasn't changed because we still rely on her to bring out all our natural instincts. And Spring flowers still grow, again and again and again, year after year, gloriously abundant and oh so beautiful. And farmers sow and reap, just as they've always done.
And yes, the the swallows have returned from Africa, yet again, flying straight into last years nests to begin the breeding process all over again. It's a wonderful sight and yet another miracle performed by Mother Nature.
Does anyone have any other miracles performed by Mother Nature that move the soul. I'd love to hear what you think.
So just maybe, at its heart, this funny old world of ours hasn't changed so much after all. Animals react the same and birds and bees and flowers. It's just we humans who've gone a little crazy.