Today’s Delight

“I get joy when I give it. So, I’m constantly thinking of ways to delight folks with kindness.”     ~Oprah (O magazine, October 2017, What I Know for Sure 

What is your way to delight others today?

Share what you have done to give joy (delight) to someone today. The FIRST response to the question, based on the quote by Oprah, will receive a gift copy of Climb Every Obstacle: Eliminate Your Limits!

 

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Mindful Change

“Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind.  To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.”

~King Whitney, Jr.

No Regrets

World Poetry Day: Post 3

No Regrets

Follow your mind;

and when you doubt it,

insightfulness remains in your instincts.

Have no regrets.

Follow your instincts;

and in your quiet moments of aging,

feistiness remains in your heart.

Have no regrets.

follow your heart;

and in reminiscing your pleasures,

joy remains in your soul.

Have no regrets.

Follow your soul;

and in your final enlightenment,

your light remains for all.

There are no regrets.

~Barbara S. Collier

No Regrets (c)

 

 

 

Fantastic Friday: Isaac Burns Murphy

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The Rider, the Man

Horse Jockey Isaac Burns Murphy won his first race on September 15, 1875, at Lexington Crab Orchard. He  won 11 races in 1876 and 19 in 1877.

In 1884 Murphy won the American Derby in Chicago, Illinois, which was at the time the most prestigious race in the nation. He would win the American Derby in 1885, 1886 and 1888.

On May 27, 1884, Murphy got his first Kentucky Derby win and would win twice more, in 1890 and 1891. He was the first jockey to win successive Derby races and was also the first three-time winner.

Isaac Murphy counted that he’d won 628 of his total 1,412 races. In one his most calculated races, according to author McDaniels, on June 25, 1890, Murphy raced against white jockey Ed “Snapper” Garrison, during the era of Jim Crow segregation,  to determine who was the better jockey. Murphy won by a heart-stopping first place finish.  He was the “man” of legend for black folks back then and later white jockeys and scholars acknowledged his skill and a first -rate jockey.

Murphy competed at the Monmouth Handicap, in New Jersey just a few months later. Suspiciously, he rode poorly during the race and at the post-race inspection he fell off his  horse and was accused of being drunk while riding; something he had never done before. However, he was suspended for 30 days, ever though his intoxication was never proven. Researchers agree now that this was to discredit Isaac Murphy.  Forensic investigations done later posit he may have been poisoned, but the culprit(s) were never named.

The Jockey Murphy never re-gained his status as “the prince of jockeys.”  After many difficult post-racing years, he died of pneumonia  at 34 years old on February 12, 1896.

Fantastic Friday: Justin Constantine

“Whatever hardships you face, never give up.” ~Justine Constatine

justin-c U. S. Marine Corp (Retired) did not give up, even when his prognosis was dire. Instead, he survived being shot in the head by a sniper in Iraq  in 2006. Field medics and doctors who treated him upon his return to the United States after being wounded did not hope for the best outcome of Justin’s life.