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Quality of Life

Written By: Jill Spirithorse

Shortly after my 15th birthday, I took on an unlikely first job, at a horse boarding facility. With 50 horses, it included all the usual duties, throwing hay, watering, mucking stalls, fixing fences. We would also occasionally have to corral horses when they would get out, and of course, calling the owner’s of horses when they would find all manner of ways to hurt themselves during the literal sense of horseplay.

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What was not anticipated was consoling grieving horse owner’s after a loss and turning the horse’s stall into a living memorial for 2 weeks after. One day, while feeding grain on a cold January morning, I found a horse down in her stall. I worked with another stablehand to get the horse on its feet in order to bring her out of the barn, as it was obvious the horse was dying. Although there was a -30 Degree air temp outside, the simple and sad truth is that we needed to get the horse to an easier location to die. Because if we had waited, trying to get a deceased horse out of a barn was not going to be graceful. For those who may be wondering, the horse was probably about 28 years old, which is close to a typical lifespan for that animal.

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The horse managed to stay on its feet until we got outside and brought her into a round pen. Shortly after, she collapsed. We covered her in blankets as we waited. We made two calls, one to the owner, who was sadly on vacation and the other to the vet.

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He came out and our main attempt was to see if we could get her up again. The vet gave her a couple of injections, probably adrenaline, we tried to get her up. She got up once or twice and quickly stumbled back down. We were with her, the owner was crying on the phone, speaking to the vet. He gave her two options. He said “we can try to load her up and get her down to the University of Minnesota, which would only buy her a couple of days at most. The second option was to put her down” and he honestly said, “if it were my horse, I wouldn’t want her to suffer through this.”
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She did end up making the right decision, and by right decision, I mean she did what was right for the horse and not what was easy for her. In the horse world, almost every decision made about when to put down a horse comes down to one thing, quality if life. Do they have a quality of life?

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It seems very obvious to animal lovers when their beloved pet no longer has a good quality of life. So I pondered these thoughts about the animals we care for. I began to ask myself about us humans, how do we define a good quality of life for ourselves? In simple terms, I believe that quality of life is the difference between truly living and merely surviving.

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Length of life can vary, our mortal end is very unpredictable. But it may surprise you to know, I’m not that interested in trying to promise anyone that they can extend the length of their life. I’m interested in helping people learn to improve and extend the quality of their life. This process is not easy, nor quick, but it is well worth it! It entails a continuous thirst for knowledge from unbiased sources and a willingness to make many small changes over a period of time.

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So ask yourself, do you have a good quality of life? What do you consider a good quality of life? In order to make positive changes, it is required that you educate yourself and that you have the perseverance to break away from things and mentalities that are no longer serving you. 

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I would encourage you to stave off anxieties during this process, as they will not serve you. I will also remind you that you do not need to make all these changes at once. Make one change at a time, such as cutting High Fructose Corn Syrup out of your diet. Let that change sink in, until it becomes ingrained in your routine. Then, when you are ready, make the next change, repeat this process.

Written by: Jill Spirithorse

If you need help, addressing barriers to change such as PTSD, anxiety or depression, I recommend enlisting the help of a qualified Homeopathic Practitioner.

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If you choose to pursue this journey, your will vibration will shift. Within a year or two you’ll notice your health transforming, you’ll breathe easier and start naturally cutting out unnecessary things. You will also become more vigilant about reading labels on everything, from food to personal care products and more. Does this sound unbelievable? I can understand. If someone had told me I was going to be learning about these subjects 10 years ago, I would have called it paranoia. Now I call it informed consent. I like to know exactly what I’m buying because I vote with my dollars.

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Choices! Remember we are what we eat, drink, breathe and think. You can choose to continue thought patterns that make you sick. You can choose to ignore how your lungs feel after using harsh chemicals and you can even ignore the black mold growing in your home. However, if you put your mind to it, you CAN choose to do something about your health. You can take charge and remember your choices do matter! You don’t have to be a victim of your genetics either, as we now are learning, you do have influence over how your genes express themselves, according to the environmental factors. You are what you eat, drink, breathe and think.

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You have so much power! You can become an active participant, not just in your life, but every choice you make within your power. Become an active participant in your health and put your focus towards a good quality of life!

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