What Do Animals Worry About?


A couple of years ago, I was in Ireland and happend on this pastoral scene. Snap, my digital at the ready, I recorded the moment for the simple beauty of it. Looking at it again, I realize there’s a lesson here, if I care to learn it: These horses were unequivocably and completely “in the moment” enjoying the tail (oooh, sorry) end of a brilliantly-sunny week (a rarity in  Ireland).  As they grazed, their minds and bodies were as one: contented.  No eating the rich grass and feeling the warm sun, but thinking…”What if the farmer up the hill comes and sees us chomping on his lawn?” or “We’d better not eat too much and spoil our horse-y figure,” or “This tourist is pointing something at us. Does it look like a gun to you, junior? ….You know it looks like a gun to me.”

Nope. They just stood there, in that one moment in time, and took it all in.

Wouldn’t it be great if you and I could be like that…keeping both feet in the here and now, and not one foot in today and one in tomorrow? 

As a wise, young philospher (my husband) once said, “Let there be no crisis before its time.”  I’m trying to internalize that.  I hope you can, too.

Need more prompting. Here’s what George MacDonald advises: “It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear.  Never load yourself so.  If you find yourself so loaded, at least remember this:  it is your own doing, not God’s. He urges you to leave the future to Him, and mind the present.”  Amen.

What do you worry about most?

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