Linda Friend, MA, MFT
P.O. Box 1228
Healdsburg, CA 95448
There is a place in the countryside with a field that has two horses in it.
From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse. But if you stop your car or are walking by, you will
notice something quite amazing.
Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put
down but rather has made a good home for him.
If you listen closely, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you
will see that it comes from the smaller horse in
the field. Attached to the horse's halter is a small bell that lets the blind friend know where the other
horse is so he can follow.
As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the
blind horse and that the blind horse will
listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting that he will not be led
When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, it stops occasionally and looks
back, making sure that the blind friend isn't
too far behind to hear the bell.
Like the owners of these two horses, God (the Universe, whatever you believe in) does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we
have problems or challenges.
God watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.
Sometimes we are the blind horse, being guided by the little ringing bell of those whom God places in our
lives. At other times, we are the guide horse,
helping others to find their way.
Good friends are like that. You may not always see them, but you know they are always there.
Please listen for my bell, and I will listen for yours. And remember... be kinder than necessary.
Everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly... Leave the rest to God.