MVP: Maybe the best thing to do is to stop and know it’s OK.
We were a bit lost on our trek and to find our way, we encountered a ‘sketchy’ barnyard. We were looking for a sign or gate that would lead us to the trail we knew was close by. I assessed the barnyard and decided to head up a small hill between a shack and the house, hoping to glimpse the path at the end of the house! This decision physically separated Frederick and I, causing a situation for which we were unprepared. We were unaware we were standing in the living space of two big BEAUTIFUL black horses. One of those horses approached me as my back was turned. Frederick, in protective mode, yelled “Pam, there’s a horse!” (or something of the sort). I turned and began to talk to this beautiful creature, allowing him to smell my arm, my backpack, nuzzle my neck, as I talked to him softly, gently, telling him how beautiful he was. I could hear Frederick’s anxiety grow as a second horse positioned himself between us. I continued to say, ‘it’s OK, Frederick, I’m good.” He wasn’t buying it but didn’t really know what to do.
Throughout our time hiking on the Pennine Way, it was always interesting to observe how we would meet with a situation that was ‘different’ than what we had planned and see our reactions, both as a couple experiencing it together and individually. We’ve been together a LONG time and know each other quite well. But it was obvious at times that our experiences from days when we did not know one another were ever present. It is important to remember that people have a past that must be accounted for.
Today’s intention: Stop and see what’s happening. Maybe things are more in control than you think they are.