I am a bicyclist. It is my stress reliever. I am also a good cook, which may also be part of the reason why I bike 18.5 miles almost every day.
There are a lot of positives to biking. First and foremost: when you bike, you make your own breeze. In the heat and humidity that we have here in Memphis, this is important! Secondly, biking gets you away from your phone and computer. No distractions. No interruptions.
I bike the Green Line into Shelby Farms. It is a straight paved trail that allows you the opportunity to “think about what you think you know.” My husband and children think I use this time to plan out their lives. They are partially right. I do think of great ideas for them to implement into their lives. Fortunately for them, by the time I have finished my ride I have forgotten all the great ideas and plans I wanted to tell them. It is amazing they have not thought to give me a mini recorder to attach to my bike helmet.
There is something about the joy that comes from riding a bike. It can be from just being able to get on it without falling down to the absolute joy of feeling the wind breeze by as you pedal through God’s great gift of nature seeing each season arrive with their own distinctive colors.
One of the best parts of my ride are the smiles I receive back from the people I pass. Big smiles. People looking to have that connection with another person. The affirmation that a smile and a hello convey brings us together and helps us to move forward.
Holy Communion is known for our friendliness and hospitality. The masks we must wear hide our smiles and our hellos. Here is one of those great ideas I had while biking today. Sometime during the service, let’s all turn around and wave to each other and the cameras broadcasting our service. Be more vocal with a strong Hey!!! That probably is not in the Episcopal Playbook, but that kind of joy is sure needed right now.
I always have that joyous feeling of accomplishment as I turn on to my street at the end of my ride. I am thankful that I am home safely, happy and thankful that I can still do this every day, happy, thankful and relieved that I saw no snakes.
I know there is more…if only I had that mini recorder!