Life is a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.” Charles Schultz
Are you just peddling along in one gear afraid to shift to those gears that would allow you to go much faster?
Charles Schwab said, “When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do.” When we keep peddling along in the same gear year after year we have limited ourselves to the familiar. By shifting to a higher gear we can expect that it will take more work to go faster. Eventually even this gear will become easy for us to use and that means it is time to shift up. What gear are you in?
If we move along comfortably we tend to miss out on the best experiences. Shift up and feel the breeze in your hair. Shift up and feel the wind in your face. Shift up and increase the rhythm in your heart. Shift up and feel the lungs draw the air more deeply. Shift up and feel the legs start to burn a bit as the increased effort begins stress the muscles. Shift up to come alive. Shift up to feel alive. Shift up to be alive. That’s all, just shift up.
“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
And then shift up!