Nothing to Say, But Can't Shut Up - haha! That's what I thought I should call my blog! What I write here might not mean a thing to you and I'm pretty o.k. with that. However, I have an active mind and like to sort things out out loud, so to speak. I also like to have deep conversations so feel free to jump in and comment. I'm glad you showed up and took the time to read. Welcome!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cycling and LIFE

Because I know you want to know.... These are more lessons learned while biking on some trippy hills that I think apply to (at least my) life. 

  1. Don't wait too long to get back on the bike. The longer you put off doing the thing you don't want to do, the harder it is to do when you finally decide to do it. Got it?
  2. Sometimes you don't know you're climbing a hill until you turn around. You know it's hard. You know you need more steam. But, sometimes you just don't realize what's really going on. You think YOU'RE the problem when actually it's just the way the ride is. Then you turn around and discover it's easier. TA-DA.
  3. If a slope is too steep, you can reduce the climb by going across the hill. Kind of like, "How do you eat an elephant? Bite by bite.". Taking a major challenge and breaking it down into manageable chunks makes it.. well, manageable. Ponder, friends, ponder.
  4. The longer you coast, the harder the hill when it comes... Be mindful of letting things be too easy for too long. Keep some challenge going.
  5. Get the hard stuff done first. Saving those big hills to the very end only make it more difficult cause you're already tired. Get 'em done and feel good about it.
  6. Sometimes it's better/easier to go ahead and push harder a few times than go round and round a ton of times in a low gear. I get the temptation but you can wear out your mental muscle and physical muscles w/ lots of repetitions that don't offer much progress. Push a little harder and get there!
  7. Don't go near the house until you're ready to quit. Do I need to elaborate here?
  8. Get your ride done and coast the downhill home. No shame. Work hard in the beginning and enjoy the fruit of your labor. I am learning more and more about this.
  9. The lake is waiting to cool you off. It's really #8 again!
  10. Do it again soon! If you wait too long, you're likely to forget you can even do it. Get back on that horse...er, bike... and ride it like a champion!


  1. I thought of this post by a friend of mine:

    How do you think of God? At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited heaven or hell when I die. He was out there sort of like the president. I recongnized his picture when I saw it, but I didn't know him. (Now that was a bad comparison) But later on when I recongnized my higher power, it seemed as though life was rather like a bide ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that God was in the back helping me pedal.I don't know just when it was that he suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since life with my higher power, that is. God makes life exciting! When I had control I knew the way. It was rather boring but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points. But when he took the lead, he knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places and at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do to hang on!!! Even though it looked like madness, he said,"Pedal". I worried and was anxious and asked,"Where are you taking me?" He laughed and did not answer, and I started to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure. And when I'd say "I'm scared, "He would lean back and touch my hand. He took me to people with gifts that I needed; gifts of healing, acceptance and joy, they gave me their gifts to take on my journey, our journey, God's and mine. And we were off again. He said,"Give the gifts away, they are extra baggage, too much weight." So I did, to the people we met and I found that in giving I received and still our burden was light. I did not trust him at first....in control of my life. I thought he'd wreck it but he knows bike secrets...knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear high rocks and to fly to shorten scary passages. And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I'm beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion. And when I'm sure I just can't do any more, He just smiles and says to me, "Pedal".
    Donna Woosley from Movin' and Losin"

  2. That's great Stephanie!! Love it. AND... the reply by Anonymous at 9:13 am; Holy Cow!! That is exactly how I've been feeling lately but couldn't put it in words like this. Thank you both!