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September 20 2017: My Year.

In reflecting on the year, I am reminded of the last three lines of one of Robert Frost's most famous poems "The Road Not Taken".

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

Although the poem is one of the most misinterpreted and misunderstood poems ever written, its duplicity and irony simple. Duplicity and irony surely sum up my year. I have been reminded that friendship is built on humility, honesty, trust, and respect. That 'not being good enough' is a kind of prejudice that should not blind one from doing your best. And that one true friend can make all the difference.

I stepped up onto the handler's stand at the Welsh National and reminded myself of a question I had been asked by my friend just days before. I answered his question and eagerly shared my response with him. We laughed and we shed tears together. Sadly, I lost this friend hours after qualifying for my first Supreme Championship. He would have been so proud. I know what he would have said about the DQ in the Supreme and I know what my response will be...the same response he would have had.

Gwyn Jones - THANK YOU. You strove to be the best. You succeeded - on the field, and off the field - and you did so with utmost humility. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “A great man is always willing to be little.” You are the littlest giant I know. God bless you, Superman. You made a difference. A real difference.


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