I am feeling challenged about bicycle journeys I am feeling led to begin.  My biggest concern is whether I am still physically fit enough.  About two years ago I was suddenly no longer able to run as I had all my life.  Despite several diagnostic test, no cause was found.  It was interesting to be a subject of those tests, that are similar to the ones my work involves, i.e. pulmonary function and cardiac stress tests.

But the idea of using bicycles for long distance transportation in rural settings is a continuation of my life long journey to use as little fossil fuel as possible, and especially to try to point out the tremendous environmental damage done by personal automobiles.   The extreme weather, with extreme heat and precipitation patterns we are beginning to see, will only get worse, quickly.

A Warrior of the Light does not postpone making decisions. He thinks a great deal before taking action. He considers his training, as well as his responsibilities and duties as a teacher. He tries to remain calm and to analyze each step as if it were of supreme importance. However, as soon as he has made a decision, the Warrior proceeds: He has no doubts about his chosen action, nor does he change direction if circumstances turn out differently from how he had imagined them. If his decision is correct, he will win the battle, even if it lasts longer than expected. If his decision is wrong, he will be defeated and he will have to start all over again— only this time with more wisdom. But once he has started, a Warrior of the Light perseveres until the end.

Coelho, Paulo. Warrior of the Light: A Manual (p. 23). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.


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