By Lindsay Grice
I was speaking to a group of high school students earlier this year about the influence of our media choices, using Life Lessons Learned from Horses.
Whose voices are you listening to?
I shared the story of a speed event horse, so distracted in the horse show ring by the calls of his stable mates that he crashed into the first barrel on course!
Are the voices coming from our screens, song lyrics, celebrities and social media, steering us off-course? Or motivating us to stay on track?
Are they promoting themselves or something they believe in? Even inspiring us to be part of a bigger story than our own?
I asked – what are the ideas woven into the movies, music videos, ads, and posts?
Are those ideas TRUE, GOOD and BEAUTIFUL?
- TRUE – Can one really make choices like that and not be affected? Will that product really make me happy?
- GOOD? Does the message match my values? What if everyone in society lived like that? Do the voices describe escaping the reality of life or honestly wrestling with the hard things of life?
- BEAUTIFUL? Are the ideas Creative? Artistic? Unique?
“One final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8. The Bible.
Lindsay Grice is an equestrian coach, horse show judge and specialist in
equine behavioural science.
Her love for teaching riders was sparked as a summer staff riding
instructor at Teen Ranch. Visit her blog “It’s More Than Horse Shows” at lindsaygriceridingcoach.com