You, O venerable one, are perhaps indeed a seeker, because, in striving for your goal, there are many things that you don't see, even though they are right in front of your eyes.” Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
Friday, November 2, 2012
Follow the White Horse
There is a saying about small towns, everyone knows everything because there is nothing to know. You can give a vague description about anything in a town, and immediately someone will pipe up, "Oh yeah, I know what you're talking about." Everyone has discovered everything so nothing is new to them. But I am a stranger here in these parts so I looked completely foolish to them as I went completely ga ga over this miniature white horse.
The horse saw me walking down the street and approached the fence, almost like an invitation. It's interesting about its conditioning because it stopped by a sign that simply read, "Don't Feed The Horse". My guess is that the horse is an experienced beggar, and people tend to dislike being told what not to do. Perhaps it is to prevent the owner from being sued if the horse bit them.
However, this horse showed a smile and not its teeth and posed so beautifully for me. Of course I couldn't resist its eyes and I just happened to have a huge green apple in my bag that just might have made it over the fence as payment for its kindness.
Sometimes we have to ignore what the signs say and just do what is right.