We All Ride The Same Road

If you’re new to THE CRAZY QUEST, you may wish to read about it here. Basically, I’m tracing my journey as I attempt to answer the question:

What would you do if you didn’t know you couldn’t do it?

This week of training: 99 miles


There are unexpected depths in human beings, and abilities beyond the world’s imagining. We all ride the same road, and if we ride it together, we can get where we want to go. ~Charles Kuralt

Riding a bike trail is an interesting lesson in diversity.

I’ve observed some principles that might apply to other aspects of life.

* Most of the time the other folks on the trail don’t impact your ride. If you take care of yourself, things go pretty well.
* If everyone insists on always getting their own way, problems arise. Sharing the trail means occasionally yielding or slowing down to avoid a crash.
* Sometimes you encounter a problem. When that happens, it’s nice to have other folks stop and help. Remember that when you see someone else struggling.
* Diversity is part of the attraction of the trail. If everyone rode the same bike or walked the same speed it wouldn’t be as interesting.
* Just because someone else travels differently doesn’t make them, or you, wrong. There are lots of ways to move along the trail.
* There’s no such thing as “best” or even “normal” because everyone’s got their own reason for being there. Some are working out, some are socializing, and some are just enjoying the scenery. It doesn’t make much sense to compare.
* Kids seem to have the most fun. There must be something to learn from that.
* Old or young, fast or slow, bike, rollerblade, walk, or wheelchair, we all travel the same road.

When Jesus Christ asked little children to come to him, he didn’t say only rich children, or White children, or children with two-parent families, or children who didn’t have a mental or physical handicap. He said, “Let all children come unto me. Marian Wright Edelman

What’s your observation about the diversity you encounter on the trail?

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Copyright 2009 by Rich Dixon, All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
Rich is an author and speaker. He is the author of:
Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance
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