On Friday, October 4, 2013 I had the pleasure to perform a wedding at Rustic Oaks, south of Moorhead,MN. The uncle of the bride is a weatherman and broadcast personality at KFYR-TV in Bismarck,ND. One of Clifford Naylor’s accomplishments was to coin a vernacular phrase, “Goldilocks Day”. As he described it, these days are rare in North Dakota. It’s not too hot nor too cold. Not too windy nor too calm. Just the right amount of humidity. Rare indeed, at least in my life. I find it fascinating how many human beings want every day to be a “Goldilocks Day.”
The Woodchipper 100 referred to in an earlier post was to be held on Saturday 5th. However, some of the organizers, listening to the forecast of winds, rain, snow, and highs in the upper 30’s to low 40’s decided to postpone the event until Sunday 6th. It seems that “Goldilocks Days” are also a part of endurance rides and runs. I’m not being patronizing, as it’s better to err on the side of safety then to expose people to unknown conditions. However, if events are only scheduled for “Goldilocks Days”, rarely will we have the opportunity to grow in strength, perseverence, and wisdom.
Looking back on my life, as much as I feel disdain for suffering and struggling, especially my own, it’s in these times that I develop character, form my personality, and proceed into the days ahead. Running into the wind and mixed percipitation with Steve on Friday night, many thoughts of, “What am I doing out here?” passed through my mind. I needed to tell myself that it was training for winter runs and rides, training to face the harshness of life, and to realize that I can continue to live and enjoy life in the variety of days.
To the bride and groom, Katey and Brandon, enjoy those rare “Goldilocks Days” in your relationship of marriage. But more importantly proceed together into whatever comes, as there is a power greater than yourselves that will give you the strength and insight to live with serenity.