Consecutive Days Riding: 58 Consecutive Days Blogging: 59
Today’s Mileage: 9 Total Trip Mileage: 502
As I ride the bike today I think about the next three weeks. They will be busy with three major religious holidays: Christian, Buddhist and Jewish. In just a few days we will pass the two month mark on our journey, we will also visit our twelfth pilgrimage site. In fact with today’s ride we passed the 500 mile mark!
I feel good about my meandering progress across South Florida. I have enjoyed the discovery of some unusual pilgrimage sites, and who could tire of the nature scenes and wildlife photos? I am most thankful for my family, and the widening network of friends who have provided me with words of encouragement and who stop in to check on my progress and joining me on the journey.
Today we are going to take an extended photographic stroll around Lovers Key State Park. Prior to climbing on my bike I picked up one of my numerous books of daily meditations. I chose 365 Tao by Deng Ming-Dao and turned it to today’s reading. Join me in pondering the author’s words as we “take in the scenery!”
Context, Connection, Engagement
If we understand these words,
We do not need esoteric terms.
All things are related to their surroundings and to us. Strictly speaking, something that is one way to us will be another way to someone else. It might be very subtle, but there will be differences worth considering. What do we do with this understanding?
First, we have to consider that all things are connected. Although the angles of relationships shift and differ for each of us, we must be aware of the actual connections and take advantage of them.
Secondly, we must understand that relationships are transitory. We must have constant awareness to fit ourselves into the changing constellations of life.
Thirdly, we have to understand the value of our own point of view. Out of this mass of changing coordinates, we must pick out the coordinates by which we act at any given moment.
We should take comfort in this situation. As long as we engage fully, we need not fear being separated from the essential current of life.
This walk along the beach, the beautiful nature scenes, the wildlife, even the term “Lovers Key,” serve to remind us of our connection with others. Reading these words, studying the images, scrolling down your monitor screen: all of these actions speak to your engagement in life at this moment. We can’t be on the beach at all times, but we can be fully engaged, mindful of the images, people, connections, and coordinates of our place in space and time. We can do this at any moment!
A special thanks to the photographers associated with Panramio for the beautiful scenes from along the roadside. The information on holy days and sacred holidays comes from http://www.interfaithcalendar.org.