In recent posts, you’ve seen me, um, quite literally shivering in my boots. Why? Well, let’s just say it wasn’t entirely due to the cold. No, rather the stage had been set for the mental gremlins to come out and play. Hey, don’t scoff! We’ve all experienced them at some time. Yes, even you. Come on, admit it. Uh-huh, I thought so.

So, what am I left with? The realization that as long as I’m learning, I’ll constantly be stretching and hopefully, expanding my comfort zone. That means I’ll always be faced with mental gremlins. Sigh. The bright side? Heck, there’s always a bright side. Without them how can I ever learn to really appreciate my progress? Mental gremlins (a.k.a. negative experiences) give meaning to positive experiences.

Now move over mental gremlins!
I feel a positive experience approaching…

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“Do you want to canter tonight or wait until next week? It’s up to you.”

Hmm, mental pat down. I feel good. She’s been good. Really, really good. I feel as though I have control over her feet and mind tonight. Waiting  until next week will just build things up. Giving more importance to my mental gremlin of being run away with. Then I’ll really have trouble wrestling it to the ground. Gulp.

“Let’s give it a try.” Get her into that outside rein. Take a deep breathe.

And…

Oh, my God! Heaven.
A bouncing ball of controlled energy!

Bounce…

Bounce…

Bounce…

Each joyful bounce transported me further back in time until, I found myself once again astride the red Hoppity Horse from childhood. Laughter filled the air as my brother and I cantered, er, bounced all over the house, yard and neighborhood. Each time we were striving to bounce higher and further than the last. I guess, even then I was seeking collection and extensions.

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