HEEEY! Did you all miss me? Well I missed YOU! I took a small ‘hiatus’ due to some schedule demands with work and poetry but I am BAAAACK!
I am kicking off my Blog post return with an interesting situation that happened to me a couple of months ago and I had to share…so here it goes:
A couple of months ago, I decided to go ‘biking’ with a co-worker who I love dearly! We have been cool for a very long time and she is one of very few co-workers that I enjoy spending time with ‘after hours.’ I normally go biking by myself, because like running, everyone has a different ‘pace’ and if they are not flexible in going either slower or faster than their normal pace, it may not be as enjoyable. As a previous runner, I normally would ask “what’s your pace?” and I did but it was not something we made a big deal about because he, we just wanted to hang out and catch up!
I met her in the parking lot of our employer after work to head over to the trail. For me, biking is something I enjoy doing at a leisure pace, not on a competitive level. I mean, I have moments in my ride where I might push the speed a little but not ‘consistently’. So before we got in our cars to head out, she stepped out of her car to discuss how to get there. She not only had a new bike with a lot of ‘bells and whistles” but she looked the ‘part’…biking shorts, biking shirt and some very cool shades. Me? I had on some workout shorts, t-shirt, helmet and an old bike that I paid $50 for from a thrift store. It is a dirt bike, work well and hey, a good starter bike after not riding a bike in YEARS….
I had my bike ‘thrown’ in the back of my SUV, she had an expensive bike rack. I didn’t have on bike gloves but she did so when we got out of our cars after arriving at the bike trail I was a little ‘intimdated’ but still willing and able to make this trip enjoyable…
So we’re off…she starts “gunning it’ right out of the parking lot….10MPH…and me? About 5MPH…I’m wanting to look ‘around’ because this is my first time being on the trail AND I’m a leisure kind of rider. I like to take it slow for the most part and switch gears to accommodate the hills. She was riding fast and after noticing that I was not behind her, she slowed down and waited on me to get to where she was. She felt bad for leaving me but I was fine…I told her, ”Don’t worry about me, I’m going at a slower pace but we both will arrive eventually which is the most important thing”…
And we DID! And in that moment God spoke to my spirit and said, ”There are a lot of people in competition with others and the only competition they should be in is with THEMSELVES if the desire is to be a better version of YOU.”
- The fancy biking outfit was cool but so was my not so fancy outfit because it didn’t affect the OUTCOME which was to finish the ride.
- A couple of scriptures came to me:
- 9:11 “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.”
- Acts 20:24 “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
So I say, take your time…go at your own pace….and If you don’t ‘stop’ you will finish!
Xoxo Chiccy Baritone
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