Several years ago, I read the story of how the term "reaching for the brass ring" originated. This phrase has always symbolized striving for, and achieving, one's goals. The carousels of long ago were huge circular wooden platforms with hand-carved, brightly painted panels and beautiful wooden ponies that bobbed up and down on thick, shiny brass poles to the sound of calliope music. Children were so excited for the opportunity to reach out and grab a fist-sized metal ring from a dispenser suspended just outside and above the carousel. Most of the time, they would get a black ring. How joyful they were when, every once in a while, someone would seize a "gold" one, the brass ring! That brass ring came to symbolize adventure, passion, joy, and having what it takes to achieve (and conquer) our biggest hopes and dreams.
We all want to achieve those dreams; however, our lives often take a different course, filled to overflowing with work and relationships that leave little or no timeRead More »from Go for the Gusto! Grab Your Own Brass Ring!