I love to ride my bike! As soon as I start moving, a feel an exhiliaration of sorts. I feel free! The air in my face, the speed of travel, and the beauty of the scenery all make for an enjoyable experience. I can lose myself in thought and get into the “zone”. It’s great.

Yesterday, however, was a different story. I decided to take a ride on the trail near my home. Biking helmet, gloves, & water bottle in hand, I was off for what I had expected to be a relaxing ride.

It turned out there was a race going on – a marathon perhaps – and the trail was full of runners, in addition to the regular die-hard biking groups, families with strollers, and people with dogs. It was not going to be quite the relaxing ride I had anticipated. In fact, it turned out to be more like navigating an obstacle course.

As I pedalled along, trying to keep a decent pace, avoid hitting anybody or running over someone’s straying child, several thoughts occured to me that I thought I’d share. Perhaps you, too, have considered some of these.

1. Biking is like life. We’re all on the path, and we’re all going at different speeds.

2. There are a lot of obstacles, sometimes unexpected, to watch out for.

3. Staying safe is a top priority if I want to keep moving forward.

4. Remember to look ahead. Keep my eyes open for what is coming down the road.

5. Some people are in another world and not paying attention. Watch out for them too.

6. Despite all the distractions, listen and watch for what’s really important.

7. Enjoy the moment!

All in all, it was a fun ride. The sounds of nature reminded me of the true pace of life. So next time you go biking, share some of your thoughts with us!

Until next time, keep moving forward and keep looking up!

2 thoughts on “Lessons from Biking

  1. Ariel and friends:
    The blog entry today resonated with me because I also walk and bike the trail regularly and love it. We're so fortunate to have such a great recreational amenity in our community.
    I had never assimilated biking with life but many great points were made here. Thank you for bringing to our awareness life and biking and the path we're on. Fast, slow, being safe as we get from where we are to where we feel God is leading us, being safe as we go and making wise choices in our attempt to get there, and then stepping out in faith to do what God has designed and purposed us to do and prayerfully enjoying that journey along the way.
    Thanks again Ariel

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