When you don’t want to ride, Ride anyway.

October 3, 2014

One of my favorite statements, poems, quotes–whatever you want to call it–was delivered by Mother Teresa and brought to my attention by my late mother-in-law. Marsha, my MIL, was such an amazing woman and was dealt a cruel hand at far too young an age. Her passing was hugely impactful on all our lives, but most recently I find myself coming back to this same poem. She loved it so much. She completely represented every line. It goes like this:

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

~ Mother Teresa

I’ve been through a number of trials that have tested my resolve in life more than I like to admit, and I almost fell into an old bad habit today. I made a realization recently that whenever I feel down or depressed I find an excuse not to ride. As I drove home today, focused on a memory that brought me pain, I decided I wasn’t going to ride when I got home. I couldn’t possibly focus and that would be fair to Val. That was my excuse. So, as I pulled into the driveway I entered the door and told myself to ride anyway. And I did.

And it was beautiful.

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