He smiled big and gave me a friendly nod as he peddled by on his blue and silver bicycle, then asked, “How are you?”
The scene happened right after two young fellows in a red pickup truck revved up their engine to let the bicycler know he was in their way on the 25-mile-an-hour stretch of two-lane road that lasts only seven blocks. Time the driver of the truck had an open lane, he raced to get around the bicycle
The bicycler, who didn’t seem to notice the passing vehicle, greeted me while I was fuming about the truck driver.
For the rest of my walk, I pondered (my word for 2013) the guy on the bike’s reaction compared to what would have been my typical response if his smile hadn’t caught me off-guard. I would have stared back at the truck with a disapproving look and grumbled the whole way home about not being able to remember the license tag number.
I wondered why the biker didn’t react. I wondered if he lives most of his life the way he rides his bicycle, unaffected by others’ actions.
Do you act or react?
WRite wHere I’m supposed to be – I’m making a commitment now to follow the bicycler’s example when dealing with those who travel the same road – I want to practice being less tuned into their actions and, instead, fine-tune my own. Would you like to join us?
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