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Saturday, July 01, 2006

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The Universe speaks to me

One of the questions I got asked by a few people this past week was: "Now that you are back from your Portugal bike trip, will you keep on biking?" You see, these people know me and know that I don't particularly enjoy exercising. So when it comes to fitness, I do the minimum necessary to be able to do the things I really enjoy doing -- like playing baseball, golf, snowboarding & scuba diving.

Since the reason I started biking was because we had booked the Portugal trip, my original intention was to train and get ready for the trip. Once the trip was completed, then I would stop since there would be "no reason" for me to continue biking. As I wrote in a previous post, somewhere along the way I found out I actually enjoyed riding.

So this past week, I was on my way to get a haircut and I decided to bike the 10 or so miles from my house instead of driving my car. On my way there I got my first flat tire. I've been riding for nearly 4 months and I guess I had been extremely lucky since I'd never had a flat before. From what I hear, they are quite common. Fortunately for me, it happened close enough to my house so that it ended up not being a major hassle. In fact, I was able to get a ride home from someone who is also a biker and happened to see me walking with my bike. He also recommended that I get a spare kit so that I can be prepared for the next time it happens.

Now this is pretty common sense and is something I should have done when I first bought my bike. The reason I didn't was twofold: 1) Lack of knowledge and 2) Lack of commitment. The lack of commitment refers to my unwillingness to invest more than the minimum (ie. getting a bike and helmet and not much else) since I was only going to be biking for a few months.

One of the things I love about how The Universe works, is that as soon as we change our internal world (mindset), our external worlds changes as well. However, the changes are not always immediately "positive." Since I don't really believe in coincidences - I believe that everything happens for a reason - I find it fascinating that I got my flat tire the day I committed to continue my riding. It is as if The Universe was saying: "Now that you are committing to continue biking, you better make the additional investment and get the necessary tools to make it a successful endeavor." So the flat tire became the stimulus necessary for me to do this.

In our courses we talk about how the best lessons in life are those gained by experience. And how if you don't get the lessons that The Universe is offering you, then the lessons get progressively "more expensive." I'm very thankful that this lesson was rather "cheap." It could have certainly been much more painful. Not only am I much more committed to riding, but I'm also much better prepared.

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1 comments:

Diana Dron said...

Rick,

Once again you and Lindon put together an incredible edventure - the trip in Portugal was wonderful! I had a great time and met all the intentions I had for the trip: having fun, making new friends, enjoying the people on the trip, doing my personal best riding on the trip, doing even better than that and not falling off my bike, riding in the rain and the mud, and enjoying the landscape and the people of Portugal. Looking back at the photographs makes me realize what an extraordinary trip it was!

To me, this trip was just as wonderful as the trip to Tonga, but in very different ways. Portugal is beautiful, I worked well with the bike (with my own gel seat), and I had complete confidence in Vitor and Pedro in giving me enough guidance to keep me safe, whether I was riding in traffic, going downhill without riding my brakes, or finding my way along the route when by myself, and yet the feeling of being on a great adventure never left me.

One of the things I like best with these edventures is the support that comes from the group of us traveling together. Not only is there a group energy where everyone wants everyone else to do well and have a good time, but we become friends during the trip (if not already). Moreover, there is true actions of support - in Tonga, those of us who swam well helped those who did not when they needed it. On this trip, Terry (who is an excellent rider) hung back with those of us who were at the back of the pack on several different days - it was reassuring that he was there, even though I knew that Vitor or Pedro would be back to check on us (and did). I look forward to seeing these people again and traveling with them

I look forward to my next edventure with you and Lindon in Machu Pichu. I still sometimes find it hard to believe that I am now going/have gone to the places I have wanted to visit since I was a kid and never really thought I would: New Zealand, Portugal, Machu Pichu, the Galapagos, etcetera. Daring To Manifest My Dreams in Tonga really changed my life. Thanks again to Lindon and you for helping me create such a fabulous life!!!!

Diana