It's Like Riding a Bike
How many times has someone said to you that something is “like riding a bike”? That usually means it’s something you never forget. There are lots of things like that: eating taffy, typing, singing an old favorite song, cooking a family recipe, playing a musical instrument, snow skiing, recognizing a long lost friend’s voice – all of these can come back to you immediately, even after a prolonged absence. Not so with tolerating cold weather!
Ok – so I said I wouldn’t write any more about the weather – but c’mon, it’s all over the news and for those stuck in this wintry grip, it’s a grim reality. Getting and staying warm is not like “riding a bike" - I can’t seem to remember how to tolerate and react to this kind of cold weather.
But this isn’t just about cold weather. It’s also about remembering all the other things your mother taught you that you may not have thought of or been practicing lately. Sure, it’s about remembering to wear a hat and mittens but also about helping people who may be stuck in something (like this cold) or helping someone who is having trouble (like on the ice) or stopping whatever you’re doing to help or with anything. And not just on the ice but at home and work and anywhere else when others are confused or struggling or just in need of a helping hand or a moment of kindness; it’s about being there for someone to help with one of life’s challenges.
I remember when I was in college – my friends and I got lost and stranded in a blinding snowstorm and the people in the first house we came to were more than happy to let us spend the night in their home. Ya think that would happen today? Would you open your doors and do that?? I think it’s time we again started to open up our hearts and minds and homes to people in need. That would sure make it easier to deal with the stuff that life throws at us. I want to believe that getting back to that kind of thinking would be “like riding a bike”.
I feel pretty strongly about this and so my message this week is about passion:
“We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.”
-Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888) was an American novelist. She is best known for the novel Little Women, set in the Alcott family home Concord, Massachusetts and published in 1868. This novel is loosely based on her childhood experiences with her three sisters.
What are you pursuing today? Whatever it is, you’d better be into it all the way – not half in or distracted or less than prepared or lackadaisical or iffy. Nothing you do should be less than the best you’re capable of – that would be unfair to you, your reputation, the people who’re counting on you, those who need whatever it is you’re doing to be as good as it can be and anyone else who might somehow be affected. And to be that good, you’ve got to be passionate about making all those wishes come true, weaving all those dreams into reality, turning all those hopes into beliefs. And if you’re a believer, then everyone around you will be one too. That’s the deal: it’s your life to pursue, so keep on believing with all your passion, and make life great.