"Pay attention Timothy"...I don't know how many times I heard that growing up. Subtle advice, that never really seemed to sink in.
Today was day one of cycle across America. A 80 mile spin from a nice 70 degree hotel across the street from the Pacific in Santa Barbara, to a dry 100 degree Valencia. The word on the street is that dry is the best kind of heat...Im reminded to day that dry heat, is the dryest kind of heat.
As I cycled along today the concept of paying attention festered in my thoughts. All I could think about was the end of the ride, or why I signed up for this in the first place or if i remembered to pay my health insurance...rather then paying attention to the beauty of the Santa Ynez mountains or just listening my own breath and body. It reminded me how we continuously strive to get to the end of things. The end of a project, the end of the month to be paid, the end of the time before a vacation, the end of a run, the end of discomfort, the end of comfort(cause we know it's coming). And if you add all these up, it adds up to the end of life. We strive to get to the end of life.
As I cycle across the U.S. my mantra is to examine paying attention and understanding the big picture rather then dwelling on or fretting the smaller stuff.
There are 20 something of us. And it's just the beginning. And that's all that matters.