Traffic Cone Cycle Slalom

’round cone play ~d nelson

Been hurt going too fast
finally has slowed me down.
Yet, even moving slowly,
no faster than I can pedal,
seemingly unavoidable obstacles
hinder otherwise graceful momentum.

Hints of road rage become bells
of mindfulness to momentarily
pause, breathe calmly & smile.
Upon remembering I’m alive
& well, compassion is borne
for myself & others involved.
Staying ever vigilant of distracted drivers.

Many are, understandably, super stressed this season.
Tired of so much real losing; losing what
was once possible for humanity & all beings.
Losing income, losing homes to fires & foreclosures.
Sad, complex social, economic & political landscapes
ruled by unqualified, greedy & unworthy leaders
who heartlessly cage children, spew anger & hate
contributing to many losing their sense of community.

thanks for not making tracks on fresh cement!

Determined to live with dignity & peace,
I’m hugging the obstacles, which I can,
while maintaining joy & playing
around with the ones I cannot embrace.
Ours & our children’s future depends upon
experiencing moments of happiness & fearlessness.
When going out, let’s laugh & play; bring the young ones.

We are very afraid of being powerless.
But we have the power to look deeply at our fears,
and then fear cannot control us…
If we can relax when our strong emotions come,
then we don’t pass fear on to our children and to future generations. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

 

 

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68 thoughts on “Traffic Cone Cycle Slalom

    1. smilecalm Post author

      thanks for the kind observation, Stephen! tis fun, yes, but got to pay attention to driverless, i mean distracted driver, vehicles. wishing you happy play πŸ™‚

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  1. sasokisoaps

    Clever weaving David.
    So much hope in the kids coming through @StrikeClimate and #SchoolStrike around the world. Pendulum swings and dinosaurs die. And awareness of intergenerational trauma is out there. Shining lights into darkness.
    Happy Christmas to you (or whatever your celebration of choice – for us it’s Christmas) and thanks for your timely reminders through the year – best wishes for 2019, and the wisdom gained from negotiating obstacles.
    Sarah

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for this kind wish!
      makes me happy hearing that youth are taking actions
      of love & resilience, dear Sarah!
      seems an overabundance of obstacles & cones to negotiate.
      may they be successful & experience some laughter along the way.
      i’ll have a simple Christmas, with a tree and music.
      wishing you & yours joyful Christmas
      with something yummy to eat
      and nice soap to clean up πŸ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      i appreciate your kind reflections
      and wishes, Tom!
      i believe the nights will
      be getting shorter.
      wishing you & yours
      warmth, fun & lots of light πŸ™‚

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  2. niasunset

    This would have been very hard for me to ride there πŸ™‚ But you did great, I love bikes… And I loved the message too… Thank you, Happy Holiday and Best Wishes for the New Year, Love, nia

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you, dear nia, for kind words & sharing about your connection to bikes. was most fun when I lived in the Netherlands.
      plenty of obstacles here.
      wishing you, also
      the happiest Christmas, david πŸ™‚

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  3. Val Boyko

    Vigilant and mindful cycling around mindless drivers.Take it easy out there David ❣️Thank you for sharing this message of hope for humanity.
    If we can relax when our strong emotions come, then we don’t pass fear on to our children and to future generations. ~Thich Nhat Hanh
    Seasons Greetings and a hug to you. πŸ’›

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      going with the flow
      best we can, Rosaliene!
      training to be nimble,
      with the possibility
      of joy every moment
      despite the severity
      of whats going on πŸ™‚

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  4. Sunny

    I’m glad your practice helps you navigate the cones of stress and distress and preserve your joy to share with the young ones! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, David! πŸŽ„πŸ™πŸŽ

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      why thank you for that kind, professional reflection, Sunny!
      certainly i would not be as peaceful inside
      without this way of living mindfully.
      wishing you the best Christmas & new
      year, also, david πŸ™‚

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  5. Karen Lang

    A beautiful reminder to ride through life, learning we have no control over the obstacles ahead, but always have an opportunity to see them from a higher perspective. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season David. May your light and energy continue to shine and guide others to see a clearer path in 2019 βœ¨βœ¨πŸŒˆπŸŒ²πŸŽ„βœ¨

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for your generous words & great idea, Karen!
      seeing things from above,
      maybe with a drone,
      and i could change course
      sooner than later.
      nah, wouldn’t be practical
      on a bike.
      my holiday is peaceful
      already, but thank you for making it moreso.
      wishing you a happy fun season, also πŸ™‚

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  6. Invisibly Me

    A fascinating cross-over with the cycle slalom and navigating life, on fear, on loss of what was, on new futures. Beautifully written, it made for interesting reading!
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas πŸŽ„
    Caz xx

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      smiling to your kind comment, Caz!
      those were the words that happened
      to get inspired by the photos, then written.
      May you feel happy, well and have fun
      during this Christmas time. πŸ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for your kind, insightful reflection, Lignum Draco!
      as James Taylor sang, “might as well enjoy the ride.”
      Really enjoy your shots of Japan, where i was stationed
      back in the 70’s; too young to fully appreciate or photograph.
      wishing you happy holiday time πŸ™‚

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  7. Annika Perry

    Powerful and all-encompassing post, David. Aptly reading this on a busy road (as a passenger I hasten to add),and will now see the obstacles I encounter differently, with calm … this goes for the hindrances in life as well. How true that the onus is on us to teach our children through our actions how to react to problems β€˜while maintaining joy & playing
    around with the ones I cannot embrace.’

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for this reflection, Annika
      revealing a kindred understanding!
      wishing you pleasant journeys
      with time to play along the way,
      with the cones or whatever
      the hindrances.
      and happy Christmas times with those
      near & dear to your heart πŸ™‚

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  8. AmyRose🌹

    Life has a way of slowing us down, David, especially when the age numbers begin to get large. Learning to be more careful is a good thing, I suppose. And living life with JOY despite the obstacles, disallowing fear to tamper our Essences of who we are, well!, sounds like a plan to me!! Merry Christmas, dear friend! Enjoy the holidays! πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      smiling to your energetic
      going at just the right speed
      for the conditions attitude, Amy!
      i suppose i’ll really have to slow
      down when i get old.
      for now, it’s fun to play.
      thank you for the kind wishes
      and may all your Christmas time be bright πŸ™‚

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  9. Ka Malana - Fiestaestrellas.com

    “Determined to live with dignity & peace,
    I’m hugging the obstacles, which I can,
    while maintaining joy & playing
    around with the ones I cannot embrace.
    Ours & our children’s future depends upon
    experiencing moments of happiness & fearlessness.
    When going out, let’s laugh & play; bring the young ones.”

    Oh this made me smile with hope πŸ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      truly makes me happy
      that we’re able to continue
      offering each other a little
      inspiration & hope, Ka!
      wishing you play
      around the cones
      & happy holiday moments, david πŸ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you, dear JC
      for your advice & encouragements!
      does seem these movements are constant
      even when sitting still & quiet.
      wishing you joyful holiday moments
      as they present themselves in technicolor πŸ™‚

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  10. inesephoto

    Great post and quote, David – great timing for me πŸ™‚ Thank you for always being a source o peace and wisdom. I hope you have a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for the kind, supportive comment, dear Inese!
      hope you were successful weaving around any cones along your way.
      i do aspire to stay peaceful, despite the non-peaceful events going on and try to share with others. it’s how the public health of my past continues on.
      wishing you beauty, wonderful & relaxed times during these holidays, david πŸ™‚

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      thank you for being a kind, supportive advisor, JoAnna! yes, what we need is inside, and i’m amazed with it presents itself.
      happy Christmas to you and your loved ones πŸ™‚

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  11. Betty Hayes Albright

    David, a great metaphor, navigating around the cones….the obstacles. We’re living through a transitional time and I only hope humanity survives it and is able to better itself – to evolve. Time will tell….
    Thank you for this fitting post, during this season of the Solstice. 😊

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      smiling in peaceful solidarity with your kind sentiments, dear Betty! may we keep love alive, trying to help others wake up & prepare for transition, well underway. i know it’s no fun running into one of those cones on a bike. wise to slow down, imho. wishing you happy moments of connection this season πŸ™‚

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  12. shobhna

    Beautiful words David. May those fleeing from their homes regain their freedom from fear.
    Thank you for your peaceful message in these times.
    Merry Christmas

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  13. Jet Eliot

    Yes, ’tis the season for distraction, over-doing, and stress. A pleasure to be here today, David, with your reminder of peace and tranquility and ways to slow down and take in the beauty. Really liked the quote from Thich Nhat Hanh, too. Warm wishes for a lovely new year.

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  14. Sue Dreamwalker

    Wonderful inspiring post David.. despite many obstacles, we still keep peddling along our various roads, knowing even the detours, even though they take us uphill and down dales, without the views they gave us, we would not have had the experience they had given us..
    Its good to slow down, stop peddling for a while, and just sit beside the road, take in the view and breatheeeeee,,,

    Happy New Earth Year to you David, many thanks for your support, and sending well wishes for 2019 and Beyond.. ❀

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  15. D. Wallace Peach

    “Determined to live with dignity & peace,
    I’m hugging the obstacles, which I can,
    while maintaining joy & playing
    around with the ones I cannot embrace.”
    What a wonderful wish for the new year. I love the photo of the pond and blue sky and the silhouette of the bicycle wheel. Happy New Year. ❀

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  16. Every Day Practice

    Slowing down in a fast season-enough to put the brakes on what brings us pain and harm. Thanks for your mindful ride through this time. As always, beautiful photos of your life make me feel I am riding with you.
    Sending lots of happiness your way,
    Celia

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