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A Lesson About Friendship

Many moons ago, my father shared this short story with me. I’m not sure where he found it, or who wrote it. But, I’ve always considered it to be an inspiring lesson about friendship, and so I thought I’d share it with you.

Just up the road from my house is a field with two horses in it. From a distance each looks like every 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 has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.

If nearby and listening, 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 her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.

As you stand and watch these two friends, you’ll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray. When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure that her friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He 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 who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see.

Good friends are like this…you don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell and I’ll listen for yours.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Author Unknown


38 responses to “A Lesson About Friendship”

  1. francisashis Avatar

    Thank you very much for sharing such an excellent story, really very meaningful. Wish you and your loved ones a prosperous New Year.👍🙏

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, Francis – glad you liked it & Happy New Year 2021 👍

      1. francisashis Avatar

        Most welcome 👍🙏

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks – glad you like it!

  2. Mehwish Avatar

    Nice. Like not going on appearance. And being happy with what you have. Helping others and be truthful, is what I believe. And is what reflecting in your post.

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, Mehwish ~ glad you like it 🙂

  3. Bryan Wagner Avatar

    A beautiful post and lesson.

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, Bryan – glad you like it!

  4. tiffanyarpdaleo Avatar

    What a beautiful message, thanks for sharing this, Phil!!

    1. Phil Avatar

      Cool, I’m glad that you enjoyed it Tiffany 🙂 I’ve always appreciated this lesson and was happy to share.

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, Bonnie ~ glad you like it & have a nice day 🌞🌹

  5. kagould17 Avatar

    That is an inspiring story Phil and one we humans would do well to live by. Help out those in need. Thanks for sharing. Allan

    1. Phil Avatar

      Right on & thank you, Allan – glad you like it 👍

  6. Johnny Jones Avatar

    Super story passed down from your father. I will share this with my son too, thanks.

    1. Phil Avatar

      Right on, Johnny – I think it’s a wonderful lesson to share 👍

  7. Filarance Avatar

    Awesome! This story is really inspiring and excellent..😊😊🌹

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, dear Filarance ~ glad you like it 😊🌹

      1. Filarance Avatar

        You’re always welcome friend. It’s my pleasure. 😊🌹

  8. Hephzibah Avatar

    This is the most beautiful post I have read today. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, my friend ~ I’m glad you enjoy it 😊🌹

      1. Hephzibah Avatar

        Welcome 🙂

  9. louiseaprimeau Avatar

    This is a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing it with us Phil.

    1. Phil Avatar

      You’re most welcome, Louise ~ I’ve always enjoyed this story and I’m pleased you do, as well. Have a nice day, my friend 😊

  10. DiosRaw Avatar

    Wow, this is touching, beautiful and a piece that stays with you; I will save this for sure. Absolutely wonderful share Phil. 🙏🏻

    1. Phil Avatar

      Right on, Amber. I’ve always enjoyed this story & I’m pleased that you do, as well. I wish CM would read it – she was in my thoughts when I posted it. Alas. Have a nice evening, my friend 🙏

  11. SGR ( Avatar
    SGR (

    So true..!! Beautiful story..!

    1. Phil Avatar

      I’m glad that you enjoy the story, my friend Shanthy 😊

  12. Kally Avatar

    You’ve inspired me today!

    1. Phil Avatar

      I’m pleased to hear that, my friend Kally ~ glad you like it & best wishes for a wonderful weekend 😊🌹

  13. Halim Avatar

    Glad your father shared this story with you Phil, and thanks for sharing it with us. I especially like the reminder that we too may be the guiding horse for others at times so to always look out for and be kind to others.

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, Halim – glad you like it!

  14. Thotaramani Avatar

    My favorite quote – “Good friends are like stars…” 👏👏👏👍🏻

    1. Phil Avatar

      Glad you like it ~ thanks 👍🏻

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks, Serena ~ glad you like it 😊🌹

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