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Enjoy the Ride

enjoy the ride

November 13th will mark the 6-year anniversary of starting this blog. 6 years!! That’s a whole lot of ideas. It can be challenging to think of what to write about week after week, and I’ve been looking to my friends for inspiration. It’s not often that one of them reaches out to me with a topic to write about! You may remember Helene, who guest wrote a post earlier this year. She had an idea that she is passionate about, and so I felt she should share it ?. I delegate well ?. Enjoy the ride…

I’m a banker with over 30 years of experience in risk management. From this you might think that I am likely to be conservative in both my personal and professional life, and that I am not Vijay. And you would be correct, I am not Vijay ?. But I am, among other things, a biker.

Most people are surprised when they learn this fact about me, but I think it makes perfect sense. There are a few activities that require a participant to be fully focused and present in the moment, and riding a motorcycle is one of them. The benefits of engaging in activities like this are priceless. Plus, the gear is cool ?.

When you think about it, how often are we really present for what is happening at that moment and not   thinking or worried about something else? How often do you arrive at a destination only to realize you don’t remember anything about the drive to get there?

Riding requires absolute attention to the road, everyone on it and everything happening alongside it so the rider can anticipate and prepare for problems; it’s basically risk management! When I reach my destination, I know exactly how I got there, what happened and who I met along the way. That ability to be present and focus on the moment leaves me refreshed and ready to tackle whatever comes my way.

As an added bonus, when my ride is finished, I usually find that the solution to whatever problem I had before the ride started was right there all along. I just needed stop thinking about it for a while.

“The present moment is the only moment available to us, and it is the door to all moments.”-Thich Nhat Hanh

This weekend, what activity will you be fully focused on? Let me know.