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Gratitude at Christmas.(11 posts)

Gratitude at Christmas.Len J
Dec 24, 2002 7:30 AM
As we approach Christmas, I was reflecting on all the gifts in my life. The Things I am grateful for are (in no particular order):

-My Wife, who loves me in spite of (because of) my human weakness.

-My Kids, who remind me every day what a joy seeing the world thru their eyes is.

-My Health, in spite of the injuries, I still have found that I heal quickly, and am more grateful than ever for the days it doesn't hurt.

-My Brother and Sisters, after decades of forced animosity, we are slowly getting to know one another, and finding that we like one another.

-My Friends, from those on this board who give themselves genuinely, to those old friends that I know I can count on to accept me (they have seen all my warts), to the new friends I have made this year, they all add texture to my life.

-My History, the good, the bad and the ugly, because it made me who I am today, and I like who I've become.

-My new Bike, reminding me of what I lost as well as the sheer joy of expectation of shared rides ahead.

-A Lost Friend, she died too young, yet her light burnt brightly and still shines within all those she touched.

-So many other things (when I take the time to think of them) that are too numerous to list, but which I take for granted too easily.

Wishing all of you a happy & safe holiday season filled with gratitude and caring.

Merry Christmas!

on a related note: 12x23, MikeP, Bianchi Boy, Wonderdog...JS Haiku Shop
Dec 24, 2002 8:02 AM
yo, internet people, i can only admonish the rest of you whackos for feeding my sickness. then again, thanks, i think. =)

and, for you "brick and mortar" posters,...

12x23 and i met and rode together last year, and kept it real at the chattanooga 3 state/3 mountain AND the daholonega 6-gap century this year. i think 12x23 also rode b'ham, though i was doing the double, and had no chance of catching him (as he surely was at the front of the century pack).

Mike P, Bianchi Boy/Tarwheel, nice to meet and ride with you this year!

i'm especially sappy, er, thankful to have met Wonderdog through this forum. he's a long-distance junkie too, and just so happens to live within a few miles the Haiku Shop. oh, and's nice to watch a "closet cat 2" humble our regular "twitchy" club riders, who've been big fish in a small pond for far too long. :) wonderdog: a more capable and modest rider i've not met. he's likely not reading the board, as holiday travel has called him away. alas...

happy holidays all, whatever you decide to observe (or not). please be safe.


ps. if you haven't yet, don't try cyclocross. it's the worst and most painful addiction i've contracted this year.
Merry Christmas All...Jon Billheimer
Dec 24, 2002 8:32 AM
of you guys and gals who have entertained and informed me all year long. Also to some unexpected and valued friends I've met through this board. For some of the reasons Len cited above I'm particularly thankful this Christmas. For me, every day that I get on my bicycle is a gift!
Wonderful! I share many of the same reasons to be grateful. -nmTig
Dec 24, 2002 9:19 AM
re: Gratitude at Christmas.aliensporebomb
Dec 24, 2002 10:01 AM
Thankful for all of the above and more....

Especially for two legs to pedal, two eyes to see
and two lungs to breath up those damn hills.

Merry Christmas!
I'd second that.....and add......eyebob
Dec 24, 2002 10:13 AM
That I'm grateful for the hope that I have for my future as well as everyone's future. One thing that I've learned in my life is that without hope, life is truly meaningless.

Grateful for:PseuZQ
Dec 24, 2002 10:58 AM
1) My health.

2) Second chances.

3) People who are generous with their knowledge.

4) The occasional opportunity to help someone newer than myself.

I was actually just thinking about this the other day. I feel so, so fortunate that I found this sport and took to it. I swear it keeps me from going completely off my rocker sometimes. As far as riding goes, I try to incorporate the "attitude of gratitude" on a regular basis. I'm grateful that hills make me a stronger rider, provide nice views, make the weather what it is here. Headwinds help clear out the smog. Rain fills the resevoirs. There's something to appreciate and be grateful for in every challenge.
Grateful for:Juanmoretime
Dec 24, 2002 1:11 PM
Life and all that it brings. My wife, daughters and everyone else that I have had to have an opportunity to share it with.

I hope everyone on this site has a happy, health and safe Christmas!
Amen ...Elefantino
Dec 24, 2002 1:34 PM
I'm riding again ... that's the Christmas present of a lifetime. (Or two ... "SVN LFT")

Thanks to all on this board for helping me laugh a little during broken back and broken neck recoveries. Ours is a great community.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and hope to see some of you atop Mont Ventoux!

re: Gratitude at Christmas.wasabekid
Dec 24, 2002 3:00 PM
To All of you ENDORPHIN addicts,

May You Have A Merry Christmas and A Prosperous New Year!!!

Merry Christmas to Allcoonass
Dec 24, 2002 3:31 PM
and I thank God for giving me the health to swing my leg over my bike and ride, ride, ride. I also thank everyone for the great information posted throughout the years, and I wish everyone a very Happy New Year, one without (at least minimal) road rash and with lots of 1st. place finishes!