One of the things I love to do is ride my bike on the bike path near my home.
So peaceful being out in nature with the birds singing, chipmunks playing and occasionally; silence.
As I travel along my merry way, I come across many others on this same path. Some are also biking by themselves, with a companion or with children. Others jog; alone or in pairs. Some power walk, dog walk or push baby strollers. Then there are the occasional roller bladers.
And last, but certainly not least, the people who are just out taking a leisurely stroll.
Most are strangers but I appreciate my fellow bike “pathers” as we all engage in our outdoor activities – all of us in it together – enjoying life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
All of us using the path exactly how we see fit.
I breeze through giving a nod, a smile and the occasion hello. I have no problem with the course any of them are taking, the speed they’re going or by whatever means they choose to get from point A to point B.
I have no problem with them passing me up or slowing me down.
No problem with them what-so-ever.
So what if?
What if I could take this same mentality and practice it as I travel along with the ones close to me on the life path? What if I could learn to respect everyone’s individual journey? Accept how they move through their own life; slow-paced, fast-paced and even the ones who are just out for a leisurely stroll?
What if instead of trying to change and manipulate them into traveling the life path the way I think they should, I could instead breeze through giving a nod, a smile, a hug and an occasional “I love you”?
It’s certainly the makings of what I seek on the path in the first place; Peace of mind.
Could it all be this simple?
I pray as I travel though my days to bring forth the love, acceptance and patience I show strangers on the bike path to my loved ones on the life path.