Back In The Saddle

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It has been weeks since I’ve placed thoughts, information, and/or insights onto this blog. It’s not that I haven’t experienced pangs of guilt about not writing for indeed this is something I enjoy doing. I have succumbed to what Stephen R Covey (author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“) explained as the “tyranny of the urgent” in his book, “First Things First.”  This quote from Charles Hummel sums up the concept:

The important task rarely must be done today, or even this week…..The urgent task calls for instant action…The momentary appeal of these tasks seems irresistible and important, and they devour our energy. But in the light of time’s perspective, their deceptive prominence fades; with a sense of loss we recall the vital tasks we pushed aside. We realize we’ve become slaves to the tyranny of the urgent.

In the time since my last writing not everything has been urgent. I was pleased and enlightened by a journey to Paris, France with my younger daughter.  Not only did I experience the grandeur of Paris’ history, but my daughter provided a gastronomic tour of chocolates, pastries, and cuisine that fed me in many other ways.

Paris Pastries

 I’m soon venturing to Spring Valley, MN to participate in my third Almanzo 100 bike event. I journeying with two other bikers for this gravel road experience. The weather appears to be wet with a good chance of thunderstorms on Saturday. This area has received significant rainfall this past week. The ride will test clothing choices, mechanical components, and overall perseverance. I’m anticipating another learning experience and discovering more about myself, others, and the beauty of southeastern Minnesota.

I will be using my SPOT Gen 3 tracker at this event. If you have any desire to see my progress you can click this link: Almanzo100 to be directed to a Google Maps page that will show where I am located. The 100 mile distance begins at 9am. The tracker is set to send a reading every 10 minutes.

5K Fun Run/Walk

Finally, I want to get the word out about a 5K Fun Run/Walk that will occur on Wednesday, May 31st in Gardner, ND. It’s a small village with a good sense of community. The 5K is sponsored by the City of Gardner, the Gardner Park Board, and Congregational Lutheran United Church. There is no cost to participate in the event. There will be an ice cream social in the City Park. Free will donations for ice cream, the run, etc. will be accepted. The money raised will go toward improving the playground equipment in the park.  In case of inclement weather the ice cream social will be held at the church.