How to Grab the Brass Ring

I have many fond memories of my childhood, but I especially remember visiting amusement parks, like Knoebels and Hershey Park.  Many of these parks had all wood carousels that had a brass ring feature. As the carousel went round and round, riders on the outside row of horses could reach for the brass ring. The brass ring usually entitles the rider a free ride or a prize.


As a young rider, I was always afraid to let go of the horse’s braided handle. My parents would say, “You have to hang on with one hand and reach with the other.

What does that story have to do with the price of cheese in Denmark? As you probably know, Mr. Polinski has an expression here at SHS… an expression about touching the cloak of excellence. It occurred to me that reaching for that brass ring on the carousel is a metaphor for touching the cloak of excellence. To grab the ring, you have to loosen your grip on what seems safe — the braided handle.

The same can be said about touching the cloak of excellence. We are all holding something that we could loosen our grip on. Something that would make it easier for us to achieve beyond our wildest expectations.

What’s preventing you from touching the cloak of excellence? Is it a white-knuckle grip on the shawl of victimhood? Or maybe a vise-like grip on a false perception of reality? Gossip? Drama? The wrong friends?

Whatever it is, loosen up and let the excellence flow. Too much is at stake for you not to go for it. It’s game on. This isn’t practice for your next life. Do epic stuff now! The best thing… the universe doesn’t care if we look silly on the road to Awesome. On the cosmic scale, we are here but for a nano-second. You owe it to yourself to make it the best darn nano-second you can!