Final countdown

Reaching a personal milestone can be unexpected. Take my early morning run yesterday – it was still dark, rainy, and chilly. It was also the week I upped my training mileage.

As I approached the last traffic light at the end of my route, I was at that threshold distance where you wonder whether the green light was stale enough to justify slowing down or early enough to warrant, heaven forbid, a final sprint.  Continue reading Final countdown

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Paradox of boundless spaces

Sometimes there are places you must simply ride alone. These are the spaces of reflection, awareness and self-mastery.

You expose the deep and vital landmarks to guide you through unmarked, unfamiliar, and sometimes unfriendly, terrain.

You choose this solo ride because you are designed to explore expansive lands.

You “live the ride” because you already know that what you discover holds the power to transform your mind and heart.

You learn the paradox of boundless spaces: there is no room for fear.

Wrenching with heart and soul

A while back, I took a motorcycle maintenance course. It was a combination of classroom seminars on basic bike mechanics and hands-on demonstrations, complete with a day in the shop to work on our own bikes. Everyone in the course wanted new knowledge and basic mechanical skills to make minor adjustments and repairs.

We were riders of different ages and different competencies, yet even the most experienced was open to discovering what lives beneath the surface. We were a curious bunch and, with our instructor nearby, we gained the confidence to take tools to our bikes.

When it comes to wrenching, the questions that haunt the newly initiated include, “If I take this apart, can I put it back together? Properly? What if I find extra bolts lying around afterward? Do I trust myself?”
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