The Rays of Wisdom


I receive a lot of e-mails and comments from people telling me how much they love the Make it Happen Monday posts that we put up each week here on Loving the Bike.  The intention is for us to kick off each week with some motivation that will hopefully help our readers get things rocking, and move everyone forwards in reaching their goals.  But more than anything else, they serve as a reminder for me.

The Rays of Wisdom

Long before Loving the Bike ever existed, I wrote weekly articles for something that I called “The Rays of Wisdom”.  Instead of posting to a blog or website, the inspirational messages were sent out to an e-mail list of people who were interested in receiving them.  Over the nine years that the Rays of Wisdom was around, I wrote hundreds of articles and was sort of locally known as Mr. Positivity.

Oh, if people only knew what was really going on in the background right?

Here I was looking like the guy who had it all together and wanted to share my wisdom with others….when in reality I was in need of these positive messages more than anyone else.  In fact, the reason I wrote those articles back then and now over here each Monday at Loving the Bike is for therapy.  Personal therapy and constant reminders that I so desperately need.

In all this time, the messages I’m preaching still haven’t personally sunk in.  It’ like I write it down and can feel it inside, but moments later they have left my body…..only to surface again when I re-read an old one or pop up a new one.  They have served as great reminders, but for some reason they just aren’t sticking.

I take pride in all aspects of Loving the Bike, but when I hear back from people telling me how I’ve inspired them to do something really cool….it’s worth more than everything else combined.  I honestly do hope that through our Make it Happen Monday series of posts that we can help you achieve great things….on and off the bike.

Now, if I can just find a way for some of this wisdom to soak in a little better for myself…..any suggestions?

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10 Responses to “ The Rays of Wisdom ”

  1. Eric Hutchins on December 11, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    As great as my life is (and it really is, I know it, I am very blessed), I still find myself getting down about really irrelevant stuff more often than I should. Aside from reading your blog :), and talking to my wife, and kicking myself in the ARSE, the thing that almost ALWAYS puts it back in perspective is music. I know that sounds kinda lame, but good upbeat music has an incredible impact on me.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on December 12, 2012 at 8:42 am

      That’s some really good advice. As a guy who also enjoys music I really should soak myself up in it to get my mind off other things. Thanks, Eric.

  2. Chuck Huss on December 11, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I agree that living in the moment is the key. Take some time each day and do not think about the past or the future, just think about the beauty that is around you.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on December 11, 2012 at 7:10 am

      That’s some great advice, Chuck. I appreciate your input on this one.

  3. Julesmpg on December 10, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Just remember not to worry and enjoy life. Life is far too short to worry. Often though, those of us who are the positive light don’t have others feeding into us. We give and give with very little in return and nothing expected in return. Sometimes that can be hard.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on December 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks for your comments on this, Julie. That makes a lot of sense and I appreciate you sharing it with me.

  4. Kathy on December 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I’ve found that living in the moment helps me. Focus on where you are, what you are doing, and also be mindful of your thoughts. It’s much easier to live the life you desire when you focus on the moment.

  5. Jane on December 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I seem to need reminders myself. I do enjoy reading the weekly motivation on your website and hope you keep them going.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on December 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks, Jane……I do plan on keeping the Make it Happen Monday series going. I need it more than anyone.


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