Every Dog Has Its Day

A brisk wind and light mist of rain cool the air. A sea of Irish people surround the track for a hasty 30 seconds of utter excitement as the six greyhounds chase the electronic rabbit for one lap around the track. The dogs quickly approach the finish line in a tight pack, as the race comes to a close; a photo finish excites the crowd as no clear winner can be seen from the naked eye. Shortly after the review of the photo finish, the top three dogs are announced and a large hoorah and groan emerges from the crowd. The few that win make it known amongst the people around them, while the masses quickly shrug it off and focus their sights on the next race. The night is encompassed with 12 races, a number that gives you a high amount of hope at the beginning, but quickly diminishes as the races go on.

The old phrase, “Every dog has its day” has the implication that everyone will be successful or lucky at some phase of their life. An alternative meaning is that every person will have a period of power or influence in their life.

The betting culture of dog racing and this phrase made me mull over what this tangibly looks like. Often, it is easy for us to say clichés like, “Ah, it’s just one of those days,” “Get the next one,” or, “Somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed.”

Just because these clichés are a norm, doesn’t mean that we have to confine ourselves to believing or living by them. It reminds me of my baseball days… are you going to attack the baseball on a ground ball and control the play or are you going to sit back on your heels and hope the ball bounces in the right direction into your glove?

Many times in my life, I’ve allowed my emotions or circumstances to be largely influenced by the people or experiences around me. Often times I've had the tendency to internally reflect on my self-worth based on the actions of others. My brother Zack gave me the best advice in sitting me down and stressing the importance of how my self-worth is NOT based on the actions of others.

Throughout my whole life, my mindset and internal happiness have drastically improved when I stopped playing the blame game and took ownership of my emotions and experiences.

This is a reminder to myself and whoever else needs it. Don’t put your success or happiness in the hands of others and definitely don’t bet on one dog each race, the odds are still far from in your favor. Eliminate the excuses and take ownership of your life — doing so has changed mine!


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