On Your Bike

December 29, 2014 at 3:12 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we’re here to explore new possibilities.” – Ray Charles

This time of the year sees many of us reflecting on, celebrating, contemplating, and definitely counting down to the end of the current year. Part of this process usually involves also considering all that a fresh start in the new year might bring. New Year’s resolutions are being dreamt up, goals and aspirations might be written down, plans and daily practices are being formulated, and if we are feeling courageous we might even be sharing some of these with others as a way of binding some accountability around all of our new years hopes. It sounds pretty simple doesn’t it, work out what we want, then allow the changes to happen. Right?

“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

While catching up with a good friend about a week ago I was telling him of some of my plans for this summer break. My friend rides his bicycle everywhere, so I was sharing my looking forward to more time on my bike rather than being in a car. During the conversation I kept having connections come to me around our experiences of pursuing our resolutions each year, while navigating belief, skills, support, confidence, successes, obstacles and challenges, with varying motivation levels at the beginning, during and at the end of the journey. Metaphors were created through the theme of being on your bike, here are some of the thoughts I had:

  • It is our choice and our responsibility: To ride or not to ride? Repeat.
  • To get anywhere, we have to pedal: It is going to involve effort on our behalf.
  • Each of us has to find and adjust to size a bike that suits our particular needs: It’s always more challenging, frustrating and disheartening when we try to force the riding of someone else’s bike or one that isn’t designed for the journey we are taking.
  • There’s a difference between being aware of and prepared for potential bike maintenance issues or scrapes and bruises, and expecting bike failure and serious injury before you’ve even got on, your whole time riding and when you are considering your next time on the bike.
  • Shifting or changing gears only works when you have first created and are maintaining forward momentum.
  • That not utilising all the available gears on your bike impacts your ability to respond to the various terrains that the journey will present.
  • The energy, connection and inspiration created by being on your bike ripples into all areas of your life.
  • One negative experience on your bike doesn’t dictate what the next experience will be like.
  • Where we stop for a break for varying amounts of time or whether we change direction or alter our course is again our choice and our responsibility.
  • That riding is always more fun when I have a smile on my face and eyes open to all that is unfolding around me.

 “The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.” – Heraclitus

What are your dreams, goals and aspirations for the coming year? Below I have included a short paragraph from our website that we use to describe the path we strive to embody each and every day. What would your paragraph say? The (insert your name here) Way. All the best as you prepare for the new year and all the potential it may bring.

The EDA Way™ is embracing the journey of exploring the possibilities, discovering potential and acting authentically. Each experience that we have provides opportunities to develop, practice and reflect on our skills, attitudes and behaviours, while deepening connection to self, others and the world around us. This process opens us up to experience genuine connection, opportunity, achievement, success, joy and love. It does not eliminate challenge or vulnerability from our lives, instead reminding us that we have choices in how we engage, grow and contribute through empowered daily thoughts, words and actions. Viewing our interdependent journey through this lens influences the fulfillment of our individual and shared potential. So with a smile on our face and compassionate awareness and appreciation of our own and others humanness we can consider;

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely” – Unknown

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