Black and blue

25 04 2010

This photo is from a visit a couple of weeks ago … one I’m starting to despair of ever getting any information up about. (I just downloaded the pix from my memory card to my hard drive!) But I want to share it, particularly, and I want to share the message I read just yesterday …

Band stallion Bounce, with the La Sal Mountains of Utah behind him.

“May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your heart;
“May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people (and horses and other animals), so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace;
“May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, starvation, war and loss, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain into joy;
“May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done;
“May God bless you with God’s comforting presence now and in your journeys through each day.”

~ Franciscan blessing

God  has apparently blessed me with quite a substantial reserve of foolishness, and I am working under the sincere and optimistic belief that I CAN make a difference … even if just in my own little corner of the world. 🙂



9 responses

25 04 2010

Really beautiful and inspiring TJ. You are making a difference my friend. Never doubt that for a second. 🙂

25 04 2010
Rochlia [Tracy]

Love those blessings, I wonder what God has in store for me? :] Keep following your horsey dreams- people like me admire that kind of “foolishness”!

25 04 2010

Very inspiring TJ. Even a little difference is better than no difference. You are the horses advocate. Keep up the good work

25 04 2010
Lynn Bauer

We really needed that – it’s beautiful! Guess you’ve got some company in the “foolishness department!” Karma, gotta be… THANKS!!
L & K
Molly & Kenzie

25 04 2010
Nancy Roberts

TJ, you are making a difference! You are bringing awareness to these beautiful horses through your photos and words. Keep up the good work. I am always checking in and get great joy reading your blog! I feel the same way about what I am doing out at Sand Wash, does it matter? But yes, bringing awareness to the wild horses will bring more humane management! You are such a wonderful advocate for this herd! Your love for them shines through…

25 04 2010

Thanks, all. I believe we are all – as my uncle says – “mustang angels.” We explored this country on their backs, and their wings continue to lift us (“to ride a horse is to fly without wings”). They are worth all our “foolishness,” and I’m just head over heels! 🙂

26 04 2010
Linda H

No foolishness! With people like you and many others, we are all inspired to join you to make a difference. Thank you TJ!

27 04 2010
Nicole Vinson

Hello there TJ. I was just looking at the post about our precious girl and i was just wondering about Duke? I sure do miss the boy and i was jsut wondering about any recent activities with him.

27 04 2010

Linda – Be inspired by the horses! And we’re all making a difference!

Nicole – Duke is doing pretty well. Still alone but seems very comfortable. He was not noticeably limping the last time I saw him, and I have seen him during several recent visits now, just not close enough to photograph. I also miss seeing him with his little family … But he’s doing OK. I imagine an opportunity will come soon to see him a bit closer and get some photos. 🙂

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