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365 Reasons to Smile – Day 34

My early morning bike rides are getting more difficult.

Taugustsunrisehe sun is rising later, which means I’m leaving in the dark.

The benefit of starting so early is that I get to watch the sunrise.

The downside is that I have to be more cautious of cars, deer and other hazards.

And then there’s the weather.

On Tuesday, I was caught in an unexpected rainstorm that not only left me soaked but also left me  questioning why I didn’t look at the radar. When I ride during the day, I ALWAYS check the radar.

fog2Yesterday morning, the fog that rolled in matched my general frustrations: I wanted to clearly see where I was going, but I just couldn’t.

Then I noticed something.

The fog was always just out of reach.

A tree hidden in the fog was completely clear when I  actually rode by it, and the drops of moisture on a spider web  made it more visible than normal.spiderfogcows

And then I realized that trying to get ahead of the fog is impossible, but  appreciating the beauty of the moment is essential.

I also realized that I don’t need to chase or escape the fog. Instead, I need to accept the unknown.

Getting such clear insight always makes me smile.

Day 34: Accepting the Fog  Day 33: I See the Moon

Day 32: The Stonehenge Scene from This is Spinal Tap

Day 31: Perspective

Day 30:  Unlikely Friendships  Day 29: Good Samaritans

Day 28:  Am I a Man or Am I a Muppet?    Day 27: Shadows

Day 26: Bike Riding on Country Roads

Day 25: When Harry Met Sally

Day 24:  Hibiscus   Day 23: The Ice Cream Truck

Day 22:  The Wonderful World of Disney   Day 21: Puppy love

Day 20 Personal Theme Songs     Day 19:  Summer Clouds

Day 18: Bartholomew Cubbin’s Victory

Day 17:  A Royal Birth        Day 16:  Creative Kids

Day 15: The Scent of Honeysuckle   Day 14: Clip of Kevin Kline Exploring His Masculinity

Day 13: Random Text Messages from My Daughter     Day 12:  Round Bales of Hay

Day 11:  Water Fountains for Dogs    Day 10: The Rainier Beer Motorcycle Commercial

Day 9: Four-Leaf Clovers  Day 8: Great Teachers We Still Remember

Day  7:  Finding the missing sock   Day 6:  Children’s books that teach life-long lessons

Day 5: The Perfect Photo at the Perfect Moment     Day 4:  Jumping in Puddles  

Day 3: The Ride Downhill after the Struggle Uphill    Day 2: Old Photographs

Day 1: The Martians on Sesame Street

365 Reasons to Smile – Day 31

cornDuring the summer, I do most of my bike riding in the early morning hours as the sun is ascending into the sky.

Because of that, there are times when the areas I pass through are still fairly dark.

The corn fields look like a jumble of unorganized stalks in which I could easily be lost.

And the groves of trees looks unwelcoming.

cornfield sideAnd then I ride a little farther or a little higher and everything looks different.

Instead of seeing crowded stalks of corn, I see a field neat and well-organized rows.

And instead of seeing the sun barely peeking through the trees, I see rays of sunshine warming the woods and warming my thoughts.

These tiny changes in perspective reflect the importance of perspective in our lives as well.

When we change our perspective, we often get a better understanding of how, life is basically really, really good.a little sun

Just knowing that always makes me smile.

Day 31:  Perspectivesun in trees

Day 30:  Unlikely Friendships 

Day 29: Good Samaritans

Day 28:  Am I a Man or Am I a Muppet?    Day 27: Shadows

Day 26: Bike Riding on Country Roads

Day 25: When Harry Met Sally

Day 24:  Hibiscus   Day 23: The Ice Cream Truck

Day 22:  The Wonderful World of Disney   Day 21: Puppy love

Day 20 Personal Theme Songs     Day 19:  Summer Clouds

Day 18: Bartholomew Cubbin’s Victory

Day 17:  A Royal Birth        Day 16:  Creative Kids

Day 15: The Scent of Honeysuckle   Day 14: Clip of Kevin Kline Exploring His Masculinity

Day 13: Random Text Messages from My Daughter     Day 12:  Round Bales of Hay

Day 11:  Water Fountains for Dogs    Day 10: The Rainier Beer Motorcycle Commercial

Day 9: Four-Leaf Clovers  Day 8: Great Teachers We Still Remember

Day  7:  Finding the missing sock   Day 6:  Children’s books that teach life-long lessons

Day 5: The Perfect Photo at the Perfect Moment     Day 4:  Jumping in Puddles  

Day 3: The Ride Downhill after the Struggle Uphill    Day 2: Old Photographs

Day 1: The Martians on Sesame Street