#reverb12 is a prompt-a-day series for the month of December that is meant to give us all the chance to reflect on 2012 and the opportunity to write down our hopes and dreams for the coming year. Through December 31st Meredith, Sarah and I will be posting each day with a new prompt. Join us by writing, or join us by reading. No matter what you choose, come with us.
Intention: What were some of your mantras from 2012 and how did you come by them? Will they remain the same for next year – if not, what new ones will you set?
I can’t remember if I watched Secretariat for the first time this year, or if I happened to re-watch it at some point this spring.
That I love horses is no secret. As a pup I couldn’t stop reading about them (The Black Stallion, Misty, Thoroughbred, The Saddle Club, Pony Pals). Every May and June I would clip photos of the Triple Crown hopefuls from the newspaper for days so that I could assemble them into elaborate, poster board-sized collages. I had riding lessons. Carmello has never been far from my side.
So when I hit the play button on Secretariat, I wasn’t embarking on some sort of excellent new adventure. I was sitting down to listen to yet another telling of the story that I had already read so many times.
And yet, Diane Lane’s monologue struck me in a profound way.
Her words actually are from the book of Job. And I carry those words with me when I race. Because they perfectly express the mind space that I want to occupy when I race.
Those words are yet another reminder to me that we are not alone, and that we can find strength in many different moments.
We cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.