Posts Tagged ‘Balance’

jp_gardenAs many of you know I’ve been on lock-down for much of October and posted few articles onto the blog.  Candidly, I experienced few withdrawal pains once I stopped constantly checking my iPhone for comments.

I waded through the good, the bad and the ugly during my semi-hiatus and debated whether to continue blogging or not.  I thought a lot about announcing retirement due to other responsibilities and the relentless pace needed to create fresh material for the hundreds of readers who visit the site each day.  Those of you who do blog know it is a challenge to have a mix of thoughtful, intelligent material on one hand and snarky, tongue-n-cheek on the other.  I plan to continue posting original material regularly, but it will not be as abundant.

In a world of motorcycle-based media and social networking I certainly commanded a chunk of the cyberspace, but the negative impact of being plugged into this virtual world is that it’s become perpetually superficial.  So, I’ve dumped the Facebook account and group pages.  I have enough friends.  Twitter might be next, but I’m still assessing what’s helpful about the remaining online activity and what’s a distraction.

You see somewhere along the way I think it just got the point where I couldn’t even hear my own voice over the din.  Instead of riding more, dreaming of dirt bikes and trying to eat well I was just waking up to more white hairs… as the noise gets louder, you pull the trigger, push, push,… twist and shout in this huge virtual conversation.

I’ve committed to blog, but will spend less time online.  Instead I’m going to sprint, pedal, paddle, serve, shuffle, shoot, stretch, and strum.  There’s a whole lot more happening than being “plugged” into H-D.  And a good buddy often reminds me that, “Analog beers face-to-face are golden.”

True that!

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White Flag

White Flag

Just two months after the “Ride Home” and a couple weeks after Street Vibrations – it was starting to feel like the world was coming to an end.  Two major hurricanes (Ike, Gustav) scattered riders and dealer personnel from Texas to Tennessee to Florida…all being affected in some way by the hurricanes.  Then as if all those wind “jabs” were not enough along comes this right-handed wallop of a punch with the financial/stock market implosion. People tried to shake off the fear, but it seemed hell-bent to keep stumbling down.

To make matters even worse were the stories of people at the end of their ropes and talk of a plan to see martial law declared with certain scenarios or “trigger” points anticipated!  Those triggers include a continuing economic collapse, bank closures, social unrest, financial institutions shuttered due to withdrawal of cash or a fraudulent presidential election which entices outrage and violence.

So, over the weekend I vowed to eliminate all the talking-heads or any negative hyperbole and nurse my pessimistic ‘tude back from the abyss.  I learned a couple of things…first was that the mint leaves (in Mohito’s) are not a vegetable.  Second I learned more than 20 nifty things you can do with Alka-Seltzer boxes while making a “surrender flag”.  And lastly I learned that getting out and enjoying the fall weather, ride the motorcycle or do a little wrenching or [your choice here] is about seizing the opportunity, keep a clear head and to enjoy life.

I doubt today’s rally means the worst has passed, but it feels good to have a day that isn’t so grim.  That’s my $0.02 cents (a.k.a. my 401K balance!)

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