Joy Reclaimed

I recently attended a conference at an isolated campsite a couple of hours’ drive from home. The location was peaceful, with a small lake nearby bordered by distant, low, rolling hills. Walking before breakfast, I discovered mist-shrouded paddocks of cows, kangaroos and birds. As I walked towards the lake, horses fed by the water’s edge. Approaching, three slowly walked towards me, curious. A little wary at first, they soon realised I was a friend and two began nuzzling my arms and chest, sniffing my hands and pockets, in search of food. I had none. My enjoyment gradually turned to fear.
I’m a city girl, unused to large animals. My mind began to overthink things. What if these horses got annoyed because I had no food? What if they stopped gently nuzzling and bit or kicked me? Nothing indicated this would happen; the horses were incredibly gentle, yet my mind raced to possible scenarios. Slowly backing away, I was followed by my new friends. How would I ‘escape’? They eventually lost interest and I walked away, completely unharmed.
Why couldn’t I be fully in the moment and enjoy these magnificent creatures? I’ve never been hurt by horses in the past, yet I feared the possibility. Although every indication I had was that they were gentle and friendly, I was alone with animals I had little experience with and fear began to take over. I was, in fact, perfectly safe.
Too often I overthink things and allow fear to steal my joy.
Today, I commit to be more in the moment, to enjoy experiences as they occur and not give fear the power to steal my joy in everyday moments.

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“Fear steals your joy and enthusiasm. Focus on Faith; let God deal with your fear.” – Joel Osteen.


Anna xo

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