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Be Human

Be Human

Cycling is a passion of mine. I love it. Time spent on my Cannondale Synapse Carbon is always worth it.

But it hasn’t always been this way.

I started small. It wasn’t long ago that 10 miles seemed like an eternity and I was happy to average about 11mph. It also wasn’t that easy to get into the sport because the people who were good at it didn’t really make it accessible to others. You see, if you walk into a really nice bike shop and don’t already know what a rear derailleur is and why you need one on your bike then you have a 1 in 2 chance of getting treated like you’re stupid, worthless and generally not a “good match” for cycling. If you can’t ride 70 miles at 18mph then you really shouldn’t join “our ride.” It’s sad too because the people who have the most to offer to someone new to the sport are often the people least likely to offer it.

My Stupid Mouth

I think John Mayer rocks. He is a fabulous guitar player and great lyricist. Check out this bit –

My stupid mouth,
Has got me in trouble.
I said too much again.
To a date over dinner yesterday
And I could see she was offended.
She said well anyway…
Just dying for a subject change.

Oh, its another social casualty
Score one more for me
How could I forget?
Mama said think before speaking
No filter in my head.
Oh, whats a boy to do?
I guess he better find one soon

Good stuff. Who would have known that he was paraphrasing from the Bible. I was doing a little reading last week in the book of James. I came across this little passage in James 3 and decided that it would be a good fit for the BTE. If ever there was a passage that speaks for itself and needs no commentary it would have to be this one. It is pretty straightforward.

“We get it wrong nearly every time we open our mouths. If you could find someone whose speech was perfectly true, you’d have a perfect person, in perfect control of life. A bit in the mouth of a horse controls the whole horse. A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it! It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell. This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father; with the same tongues we curse the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! My friends, this can’t go on. A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and brackish the next, does it? Apple trees don’t bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don’t bear apples, do they? You’re not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you?”
Quite a bit to think about for me.