for the book I'm soon handing over to my publisher (I still love the sound of that!) I'm having to answer oodles of questions that will help their marketing team determine the book's marketing plan.
one of the questions is this, how has landscape shaped you?
I could take that literally and say that climbing up all the mountains I do has put more bulk in my quads and less on my upper body... but I don't think that's what they mean.
I realized that my answers have a lot to do with cycling, and that they have a lot to do with life in general. which is, in reality, why I call this blog the tao of cycling. the way, the path, the tao, of cycling.... which has very much to do with the way, the path, the tao of being.
these are what I listed as my answer, and if you read through them slowly and with thought, I hope it strikes you that you've had similar thoughts, feelings, and experiences. because we're really all very much alike, as different as each one of us is.
landscape has taught me
to honor who and what I am.
to always breathe.
to remain rooted even when I'm soaring and flying.
to do what it is I'm meant to do.
that when I stop and listen the world around me grows deeper and richer and full of song.
that seasons are inevitable and restorative.
that a circle of mountains, no matter how far away, as long as they're in sight, can hug.
that the sound of even an unseen creek heals.
that peaks and summits are places to pause and celebrate.
that every mountain began as disruption.
to accept the purposefulness of all that naturally occurs.
to work hard and then soar.
to be patient.
to let loose and howl.
honor the deepest you, the one who knows you best and will gently guide you when you pause to truly listen.