"Not all horses were born equal. A few were born to win."
~ Mark Twain
Sometimes we are compelled to start our lives over "from scratch."
"Starting from scratch" is a familiar saying, but do you know where it comes from? Surprisingly, not from the kitchen, but from the rules of 18th-century English horse racing, which permitted gentlemen to "fix" races so that, in theory, all the horses could cross the finish line together, with the winner only beating his competition by a nose. Of course, this never happened. Nonetheless, in order to perpetuate the illusion of "a jolly good show," the horse considered the finest was sent to the back and had to start the race from behind a line scratched in the turf or gravel.
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach, Something More