“Don't worry about the horse being blind, just load the wagon” is something my dad would say to me for about as long as I can remember. I always wondered where he got this and what exactly it meant. Well a few years ago I found out he got this quote from John Madden of all places. I’m really glad my dad stole this and didn’t try to use any info from Madden for the birds and the bees or something like that. Ok, now I’m actually laughing out loud. Picture your father doing a horrible John Madden impersonation trying to teach you about sex. Yep, that could be an SNL sketch right there. Anyway, this is a quote I’ve found myself coming back to time and time again through the years. It came back to me again recently, so of course here I am sharing it with all of you.
This quote has significance for me in pretty much all aspects of my life. If I’m dealing with work stuff, fatherly stuff, or personal stuff, when things get to be too much thinking of my dad saying this to me helps get me in a decent mindset. It gets me to a place where I can handle things and puts everything into perspective.
Now I know the quote loses a little muster or significance knowing that it wasn’t originally from the old man, but just like I did here, I’m going to go forward saying the quote is dad’s even though he heard it from John Madden. As you can see here John Madden doesn’t know where he heard it either.
I get that the argument can be made that a person who willingly loads a wagon that he knows is going to be pulled by a blind horse may not have the best grasp on the big picture. I understand that. I choose to look past it. The thing of importance here and how this piece of advice helps me is in the focus I need to have on what I’m doing. I can’t concern myself with what other’s jobs are, or what may be going on around me. I need to be concerned with getting this wagon loaded. That’s my job. Whatever loading the wagon might be a metaphor for, that’s what I need to do. Makes it pretty simple right? Who knew John Madden and my dad could be so wise???