Sunday, February 10, 2008
Balancing a Unicycle
I'm a unicyclist. Whenever I find myself falling forward, I can correct myself by pedaling forward faster. This seems counter-intuitive. If I don't want to fall forward, why would I pedal forward faster?
Balance, perfection even, is gained through paradoxical methods. If one travels east on this round ball of earth far enough, one will find that he's arrived at a destination west of his origin.
If we seek to gain our life, we will lose it. If we lose it, for Christ's sake, we will find it.
A second thing that the unicycle has taught me. I cannot control the seat. It is free to move forward and backwards. This is scary! But I can completely control the wheel. Unlike a bicycle, I can pedal that wheel backwards and stop it on a dime just by stopping my pedaling.
I can use this control over the wheel to completely guide the seat. THIS is why when I feel that seat moving forward, pedaling forward faster will correct the imbalance.
Coach Lou Holtz once said, "Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it."
Don't worry about the things you can't control. Worry about the things you CAN control. They are the gifts of life.