Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Devil Is In The Details

I remember Thomas Barrow, the under butler in the famous Downton Abbey series talks to Miss O'Brien about hiding their miss deeds and Mr. Barrow saying to O'Brien: "The devil is in the details". They were trying to get away with it. It didn't work, of course.

According to, the phrase "the devil is in the details" is:

  •   The slang term “the devil is in the details” has a number of different senses. All of the meanings for the term boil down to the fact that it is often the small details of something which make it difficult or challenging. These details can prolong a task, or foil an otherwise straightforward dealing. Like many proverbs which involve the devil, it is meant to sound a note of caution. It may also be used to excuse or explain the obfuscation of an otherwise very simple project or task.

  The small details of something which make it difficult or challenging. What I want to point out today are the opposite. The details that make all the difference in the world!

I'm watching the NRHA Derby while writing this article. It's raining outside and I always enjoy watching the reining greats. What I noticed was the little details that they did to setup their horse to make sure the maneuver was performed correctly and with a degree of difficulty.  I took a few photos to illustrate. I'd like to draw your attention to the hands of the riders in these photos to understand what I'm talking about.

In the first photo, the rider is setting his horse up for the spin and he's shortening his right rein a little to cue his horse for the right spin better. He doesn't want to leave anything to chance. What I don't have is the rider readjusting the reins at the completion of the spin maneuver.

In this next photo, the same rider is setting the same horse up to take a right lead departure for a set of right circles. The gift here is to be able to slide the reins between your hands.

Here we have a different rider, (I know, same color shirt, same color horse. Trust me. It's a different rider.) His hands (and other cues) are setting this horse up for a right lead departure. It's these cues and those fine details that perhaps lead to greatness!

I believe it's those little details on the positive side, that really make a difference to our success.

Putting My Spin on the details.
@KISS Reiners

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