Yesterday, my nephew Rich and I took a 30 mile bike ride as we are training for the “120 for Orphans”, a fundraiser bike ride for International Orphan Support in October. It was an especially hard ride. I felt like the wind was in my face the whole time. Rich was very patient and, several times, he waited for the old guy to catch up.
Here’s the thing: I got home and realized that my rear brakes had been dragging the whole time. Distance cyclists will tell you that this is a psychological game that can be played on you while on a long ride. But this was no game. I was shot after thirty miles of peddling with my breaks on.
As usual, I try to find some meaningful application from the everyday lessons of life.
Make sure your breaks aren’t dragging:
Don’t make life harder than it needs to be. Drop the stuff that slows you down. Stop long enough to evaluate if something seems wrong – and make adjustments! Don’t travel through life alone – make sure that there is someone who cares enough to wait for you when you are slow. And thank God for the difficult sessions – you are in training for some great things.