Today I rode 16 miles on my bike. It was hot and the last three miles were all uphill. I was one mile from home, pedaling up hill with all my might, when I was passed by an old guy with a gray beard. I tried to catch him but could only watch as he disappeared around a corner.
As I rounded that corner I saw that he had slowed down and was waiting for me to catch up. When I reached him he greeted me warmly as he slowed to my pace.
“I won’t keep you long.” He said.
“I wanted to tell you to never stop doing what you are doing.
Today is the seventh anniversary of my stroke.”
“I have regained my speech but my left side is still mostly paralyzed,” He said.
“I ride every day because I want to live.
I don’t do it to stay alive, I do it to live.”
“Don’t stop doing this,” he said with a smile. “LIVE,” he shouted over his shoulder as he left me in the dust.
What a jolt of encouragement and wisdom.
We really live only when we challenge ourselves.
Daily…..How do you challenge yourself physically?
Daily…..How do you challenge yourself spiritually?
Daily……How do you challenge yourself mentally?
Daily……..How do you challenge yourself socially?
Men and women who continually reach for new challenges not only live…… they live longer?
My challenge for tomorrow is to recover from the fact that I was soundly beaten by a partially paralyzed man older than myself. My challenge for the next day is to find him, thank him for his advice and beat him up that hill!