Change is not your friend.

Am I right? Wouldn’t we all just rather keep going, bopping along, with everything in its place, just like it’s always been?

ImageCould you walk through your house in the middle of the night with no lights on and not end up doing a header over the couch? Yes? Clearly your mother didn’t move the furniture around like mine did! Thank you, Mom, for teaching me to embrace change.

Of course, I had no idea that’s what I was learning when I listened to my Dad do a faceplant over the recliner chair in the middle of the night as he rushed out of the house half asleep to answer a fire call. The blankety-blank chair wasn’t there yesterday!

The structure of your life changes. People change. The world changes. Roll with it, baby. Your job is going to change. People come and go from your team, inherently changing it’s chemistry and it’s abilities. Your boss is going to change. Your whole business is going to change. (Did you even know what social media was 5 years ago?)

Better make change your friend, friends. If you need practice, call your Mom and ask her to come and rearrange your house while you’re at work. You’ll either change it back or learn to live with it newly. Either way, all the dust and dog hair and crud that’s been living under the couch for 15 years will get cleaned up, and there’s inherent value in that.

What do gratitude and bike racing have in common?

Practicing gratitude is like riding a bike. The more you do it, the more second nature it becomes. Bits and pieces of goodness come to you each time you think about something positive. A little more balance and skill come to you each time you conquer that root or rock on the bike. Racing is one part exhilarating, one part terrifying..and I’ve never felt so alive! That’s life, right? A balance of things that excite you and things that scare you. And..I’m ever so grateful when the race is over and I feel so fully alive for having had the experience. (It’s a total bonus if no crashing was involved.) When we focus on gratitude we train ourselves to expect good things. Today, I’m grateful to have discovered my grown up sport. For time with friends out in nature. For all the things cycling teaches me about life, my body, my ability, my limits, my fears and what’s possible if you just believe you can do it and focus on gratitude for what it’s teaching you in the process. What about you? What are you grateful for today?