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In 1945, Ruth Bigelow was trying to establish a market for her new product, “Constant Comment” Tea. This was no easy task. One evening, Ruth was sharing her discouragement when her sister said – “Remember… Mama moved the pony stable.” As a child, Ruth’s family had a pony named Bottoms, who lived in a sturdy stable outside of the Bigelow’s home. When her father announced one day that the family was moving to the other side of Providence, the children lamented that Bottoms would never be happy without his stable.  Though she knew it would be a great deal of work, finally, Ruth’s mother said, “The stable will come.”  The move commenced and they all paraded across Providence. It took four rented horses and six hired workmen to move the stable while Bottoms trotted behind them. Well-wishers, advice-givers and hecklers followed. On the Bigelow’s first night in a strange new house in Providence, Bottoms had his familiar stable. As Ruth relived these scenes, the significance of her sister’s comment was clear: if she wanted to do something badly enough she could. Whenever Ruth was feeling defeated, she would remind herself, “Mama moved the pony stable.” This always gave her the courage and ingenuity to carry on.
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