I’ve been singing that song a lot to myself lately. Not the Aerosmith version :)! The good ol’ Gene Autry version released in 1939. Of course, like most of us with even a slight, working knowledge of this tune, I basically sing the first line over and over again. (“Back where a friend is a friend” is the second line of the song but it never quite applies to the situation for which one is singing the first line 🙂 )
It seems that there is a lot of “back in the saddle” type activity around me. A cherished friend has gone back, temporarily, to a job he’s done all his adult life. I seem to be hiring and training new hires for our company quite regularly, trying to accommodate expansion. Another friend just revisited his old stomping grounds in New York City this past week where he was immersed in activities and social events that were completely the same things he did in his former career as opera singer.
And none of this is negative at all!
In fact, my friend who is temporarily “back in the saddle” is actually utilizing the time working at something he can do beautifully and with no effort. This is affording him the precious time he needs as he actively pursues his second chapter in life, which is to write and inspire. He is going deeper and deeper into his gift.
At my current job and position, I have been blessed to be able to expand my training and employ the information, inspiration and knowledge from this friend (pursuing second chapter)to enrich and empower our leadership staff. I am going deeper into my role as trainer and ultimately as “human angel”…I hope…
My friend in New York is enjoying the “back in the saddle” yet processing and evaluating the decisions he has made to pursue different avenues. And he is going deeper and deeper into his soul while observing the effects of his decision.
Every time I step on my yoga mat it feels like I’m “back in the saddle again” yet going deeper and deeper.
So what can we take away from “Back in the Saddle Again”? Is it negative to revisit things we’ve done? Is it negative to do the same thing over and over?
I would humbly suggest…No. Because each time we go deeper… we understand more… we have amazing woven threads reveal themselves… we improve… we acquire more depth.
In the final book of Chronicles of Narnia by one of my favorite authors, C.S Lewis, which is titled The Last Battle,after much distress the protagonists finally cross over to a Narnia that is even more rich than the Narnia they had known. And people, animals and Narnian beings are all there in their best form. As they press on, Unicorn, Jewel, encourages “Further up and further in”. Even Mr. Tummus, who was Lucy’s first encounter in Narnia, encourages, “The further up and further in you go, the bigger everything gets. The inside is larger than the outside.”
Ultimately, Aslan informs them all, ” The term is over, the holidays have begun. The dream has ended: it is the morning…Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
When we get “back in the saddle again” we are experiencing a portion of what is described above, We go “further up and further in” . We go deeper and deeper. The workings of life are wondrous. Embrace them.