Friday, August 19, 2011

Ask Elnora--About Winning? Lenora Worth


Hello. Wait what's that sound? Oh, my. That's the sound of mothers everywhere breathing a big sigh of part relief and part sadness. It's back to school time, my darlings. Chocolate and coffee by the pool, pronto. We have lots to discuss:

Big Daddy and Elnora watched the movie "Secretariat" last night. Wonderful story of a true winner, a thoroughbred race horse with a big heart. The most amazing part of the story--besides that beautiful horse that won The Triple Crown--was how his owner Penny Chenery Tweedy never gave up on the horse she called Big Red. The even more amazing part--hello--she was a woman! Yes, a woman who had a brain and used it. A woman who went with her gut instincts and stuck to her guns even when men called her "that housewife". Elnora loves a good love story. And this truly was a love story about a girl and her father, about a woman and a horse and about winning. I'm not talking about the Charlie Sheen type of winning. I'm talking the kind of winning that requires hard work and dedication and instincts and courage. I'm talking about the heart of a champion and the heart of a woman. Sigh. Elnora was in high school in the early seventies when Secretariat was winning all those races. I learned a lot of hard lessons about winning and never giving up on a dream and standing up for the things I believed in during that time, too. But it's women like Penny Tweedy who have paved the way for all of us. So that's the big question for today. What does it take to make a true winner?

What does it take to make a dream a reality? Penny's father always told her to "run the race". And isn't what winning is all about? Running the race??? Isn't that exactly what Christ tells us to do? Keep our eyes on the prize and finish the race? Fight the good fight? Let's discuss "Winning?" Is it about the prize, or is it more about the heart of a winner?

8 comments:

  1. Hi Elnora:

    I'll get it started:

    Winning is about knowing the right thing and then doing the right thing in the right way.

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  2. You are so right, Vince. It's hard to do the right thing sometiimes but in the end, that's just the way it has to be. The book I'm working on right now has that very theme. Do the right thing. I managed to use the word "right" about five times in this post!

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  3. What an amazing post, Lenora. I want to see that movie! I grew up in Kentucky and still remember Secretariat. Very exciting.

    I always love to watch the Derby and hear the stories of the owners and jockeys. Don't we always pull for the underdogs? And the dark horse (excuse the pun). :)

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  4. We watched the movie on TV recently, too........loved it!!!

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  5. Yes, it's such a good story and to think it's real life stuff. She just never gave up and that horse was so amazing. Elnora has always fancied being a horse woman. Now I might have to buy a rocky horse at least!

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  6. I plan on getting that from Netflix soon. great story~

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  7. Elnora, I believe winning begins in the heart of the winner. There must be that intense desire and strong determination to win, right from the heart.

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