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Thoroughbred Spirit

What is the Thoroughbred Spirit?

Gloria says:
The Thoroughbred Spirit to me is an inner-most spiritual quality of one who has overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and, in spite of every obstacle, reached back to help others. One who has the Thoroughbred Spirit exhibits most, or all, of the following characteristics:

High-spirited

Dependable

Independent

Confident

Patient

Passionate

Kind

 Persevering

Strong

Friendly

Generous

Survivor

Sensitive

Respectful

Fighter

Compassionate

Thoughtful

Winner

      
The Thoroughbred Spirit idea was greatly inspired by the loving label my father gave me as a little girl. I was his Li'l Thoroughbred. And I wrote about it in my book.

Moved by the childhood story of two beautiful thoroughbred racehorses told to her and her little sister by their father, a basically decent man tormented most of his life by the ravages of alcohol addiction, young Tenya Jackson tells of the gift he gave her before he died -- the notion that she was his "Li'l  Thoroughbred." How this signals to her, a lonely, love-starved, insecure, and confused child that, in spite of her doubts, she is very special to him. She tells of the tragic life of her father, a dreamer, a lover of horses, music and dance, and an alcoholic. And she shares the plight of her frustrated and disillusioned young mother, her younger blind sister, and two younger brothers, living in abject poverty and despair, until the choice to fight and rise above it is finally made.

One day, I sat down and made a list of as many people as I could think of who have the Thoroughbred Spirit, and who have inspired me to be the best that I can be. Each of these kind souls have touched my life in a significant way and made a difference (see Inspirations)

Do yourself a favor. Take time to remember all the Thoroughbred Spirits you know of who have overcome hardships, made it, and reached back to help others. Make a list of all the Thoroughbred Spirits who have inspired you, and made a difference in your life.

The Thoroughbred Spirit Circle

The Thoroughbred Spirit Circle is growing. All that it takes to join this special group is for you to have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in your life, and to have reached back to help others in need. The Thoroughbred Spirit Circle consists of people who are committed to giving back in order to bring hope and happiness to the less fortunate among us. Our mantra is: We've come up hard. We've made it. And we're giving back!  We are Genuine Thoroughbred Spirits.

If you did not come up hard, but you have achieved much, have a giving spirit and are willing to support the efforts of the G&E Hill Foundation either by making a donation of as little as $50 or more, or by purchasing at least $50 worth of items listed for sale on the Merchandise page, your name will be added to the Thoroughbred Spirit Circle in red letters, making you an Honorary Thoroughbred Spirit.

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