If you've ever felt that despite your best efforts the whole pack is ahead of you, then let last Saturday's Kentucky Derby be your inspiration.
When I watched the Derby on Saturday it reminded me of a conversation I had with my father many years ago. I was very upset because a man who had really screwed me over in a business deal was in the news for his latest project's success. I couldn't understand how a person like this could get ahead.
My dad's advice? "Honey, You don't know where you are in the race. It may seem like this is the finish line but it's just the beginning. You just need to focus on you, don't worry about him, and keep your eye on the prize."
To me that's what Mine That Bird, and his jockey Calvin Borel did on Saturday at the 135th Run for the Roses.
They knew that they were the least favored to win, that didn't stop them. They knew that at the beginning of the race they were boxed out of postition, that didn't stop them. They knew that halfway into the race they were still in last place, and that didn't stop them.
One minute and thirty seconds into a two minute race and they were still in last place.
And then everything changed.
Borel found the rail and Mine That Bird kicked it into turbo speed, catapulting thru the pack to cross the finish line 6 3/4 lengths ahead of the next horse.
The announcer was so taken by surprise that he didn't even mention Mine That Bird as being a possible contender 'til about 5 seconds before the race ended. When Mine That Bird won, the announcer let out "An impossible result here!"
Well as we know, nothing is impossible. Keep your eyes on the prize, find your opening and go for it.
Oh, and the man that I was so upset about? He was in the paper again a couple years later, this time because of a law suit. Seems he also screwed over one of the biggest names in Hollywood. He lost. Big time.
My dad's right...the race isn't over yet, not by a long shot.