The other day we were in Oaks Bluff, on Martha's Vineyard. My nine-year old daughter grabbed the brass ring while riding The Flying Horses Carousel, the nation's oldest platform carousel still in operation. What an exciting moment for her. No, she didn't win the million dollar sweepstakes, nor did confetti start pouring down on everyone. That didn't matter to her. She had hit the jackpot and she knew it. She got to ride the carousel for free and she didn't have to wait in a line for the privilege.
Over the years, she has ridden on this carousel and had her share of disappointments. But in her heart, she knew if she kept trying, eventually her number would come up.
How many times have you been close to grabbing the brass ring? Did you eventually give up or are you still trying?