How in the world do white horses enter into this blog? Well, white horses are rare, like shooting stars. The next time you see one, make a wish. Wishing, dreaming, pursuing is the first step toward achieving your heart's desire.
What will you find on these pages? Talk about life. I'm “The Scout,” as in the covered wagon days, when a rider went out to search the terrain for danger, or for the best water, or the safest camping place.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
A Fifty to One Long Shot
I don't limit my wishing to white horses--sometimes I bet on the bay.
Last night I was so inspired I almost fell off the couch.
How I missed it the first time around is beyond me.
I have been a Kentucky Derby fan for years—chose the winner
three years running,--on paper, didn’t bet, but I stopped watching for a time
after they kept breaking horse’s legs. I was mad that they race three-year olds
whose legs are not fully formed. They race them because as youngsters horses
are fast. So, race them as older horses that
have strong legs. It’s idiocy. You still have an even racing field. People,
though, are concerned with numbers and speed, and sometimes they miss the big
picture. And if you want to race in the Derby you must obey the rules.
So, in my discouragement with the Derby race, I missed the
2009 Kentucky Derby where Mind that Bird,
was a 50 to 1 long shot.Mind that Bird won the race for two
cowboys who didn’t even know the horse qualified, and it was the biggest shock
in Kentucky Derby History. Mine that Bird
came from dead last, way last, way behind the pack, but in a burst of speed
passed every horse on the track, and won by 5 lengths. The announcer wasn’t
even watching the horse, so discounting him he was.
I watched the movie last light 50 to 1, loved it, and decided not to be discounted, and to
encourage those around me to do the same.
So how do we motivate people? By crititiques? “By criticism?
"Develop a think skin," they say.
Charles Schwab, United States Steel Company, 1927, said, “I have yet to find a person, however great
or exalted his station, who did not do
better work and put forth greater effort
under the spirit of approval than he would ever do under a spirit of
Schwab was not paid a million dollars a year (in 1927 yet)
because he knew a great amount about the production of steel. He was hired
because he knew how to motivate people.
They say that the second most need in people, behind health,
is to be appreciated.
I appreciate you here. I appreciate that you stopped by. I appreciate that you continue to read my flimsy words.
If you choose to share what you are up to, or say what you
would like to see here, you are invited to copy and paste my personal address.
That way it will not go to a robot, and you will not need a password. Don’t you
have more of those than you can shake a stick at?
P.S. 50 to 1 is available on DVD. It was a labor of love for the director who directed Dances With Wolves and Bodyguard, and the jockey was played by the real jockey who won the Derby on Mine that Bird—a horse with a personality. Note:Wish on a White Horse has a new address it is http://www.wishonwhitehorses.com