Saturday, September 10, 2016

Counting Blessings While in Motion

This is a day for counting blessings.  I rode my new 3-speed bicycle downtown this morning and met with my younger son for scones, cappacino (for him), and iced chai tea (for me).  The weather for cycling was perfect -- sunshine, temperature in the high 60s, and no wind.

Afterwards, as a rode home from downtown, I had leisure to reflect on my many blessings: good health, adequate wealth, friends, continued employment, a supportive church congregation, and many others.

I find I can do serious thinking while riding a bike and do so nearly as well as when hiking.  I don't think as deeply whatsoever when driving in the city.  At first blush it seems that depth of thought is inversely proportional to velocity of travel.  On the other hand, while driving in the wide open spaces on I-80 in Nebraska and Iowa, I have come upon some substantial insights. So perhaps depth of thought is inversely proportional to the attention one needs to pay to the traveling.  If so, the advent of self-driving cars should enable deeper thought in the populace.  (This may be overly optimistic.)

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