After taking a 30 day sabbatical this summer and riding 7000 miles on “Superman” (my 2016 BMW K1600GTL), I tried to distill the lessons learned along the way:
- “Relax. The worst has already happened.”
- I do not want to live forever.
- I am not afraid of death, but I do not want to leave until my work is done.
- Kindness is infectious, but fear and hatred can go viral, too.
- Flies are drawn to shit. Small-minded people are drawn to gossip. This is not a coincidence.
- Love is the most powerful force in life.
- Love is the most powerful force in death.
- Curiosity did not kill the cat, and it probably won’t kill you.
- Friendship is the fabric of all human society.
- Demand loyalty as the condition of your friendship.
- Denying a problem does not make it go away—it makes it worse.
- Your problems will travel with you like unwelcome luggage.
- Forgiveness begins with forgiving yourself.
- If your truth is a function of religious faith, you should examine your beliefs. If your facts are nothing more than an article of belief, you need to read more.
- Arguments can be won, but there is always a cost of winning.
- The most desolate place in the world is the western panhandle of Oklahoma with abandoned farms and endless fields of wild crops.
- You can ride through a storm, but it’s probably better to sleep in and let it pass.
Peace & Love,