Life’s Simple Moments


DSC_0025I jumped into bed, and as my body relaxed into the stitching of the sheets…I was King of my World.

I got caught up in the Zone while the wind rushed into my face.  I was on my bike, and for that fleeting second….I was perfectly lost.

I held my Baby Boy on my shoulder.  Together we watched the Trees, the Birds, the Earth.  My Life suspended in Perfection.

Laying on the couch with my book in my hands, flipping pages as fast as my eyes could handle.  Not noticing the black letters, because I was that guy in the middle of one crazy adventure.

The muted TV screen showed images of ugliness.  Of a World caught up in all that should never be.  I chose to be a Non-Viewer.

My Daughter stands tall, the leader of her small army of Children.  As she stood there confident, brave, and strong, I watched….as Proud as any Dad could be.

My Son and I read the book together.  Its title…M is for Maple.  Its content…an A to Z look at the greatness of Canada.  Although I may not think so at times, while reading those pages, I found myself one incredibly Proud Canadian…with one big lump in his throat.

My friend gave me a gift.  One I really should not have received.  One I surely did not deserve.  Unsure of what to make of all this…I remained a grateful friend.

Our days are nothing but strings of moments.  As they rush by, how do they make you feel?  We become different things.  Always changing.  Sometimes bigger than we actually are.  But in those moments, we can find greatness.  In those moments we are greatness.

It’s a Great Life…Enjoy Your Ride,

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  • Eric Hutchins

    Hold these words close.

  • raymond

    Hi Darryl, love the photo. Wait till you hold your grandchild in your arm, the love is even deeper.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Yes, I’ve actually thought about being a Grandpa a few times. Thanks Raymond.

  • Julie Starling

    Lovely, Darryl! Absolutely lovely!

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks Julie.

  • Shawn McAfee

    So much soul in this post. What an awesome reflective though. “Our days are nothing but a string of moments… But in those moments, we can find greatness. In those moments we are greatness.”

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks Shawn….I’ll fill you in on a little secret. I actually wrote this post about 10 or more years ago. I just re-worked it a little and put it up. That quote you included in your comment even made me wonder where the heck I came up with it. I inspired myself with those words.

  • Ian

    Awesome! This post rocks my friend. Great choice in books, one of my favorites.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      You rock, my friend. You live this more than I do and you’re one of my inspirations because of it.

  • AmandaGaleKotyk

    It really is all about the little things. <3

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Sure is….keep on reminding me.

  • Collin Stringer

    I really appreciate your approach to life. It truly is Great — for those who truly live it! Thanks for the good thoughts on seizing these “strings of moments” that fly by each day.


    • Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks Collin, I need the reminders myself…..that’s why I do the “Make it Happen” Monday posts. Awesome.


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