The Wind at My Back

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back. 
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand. 
An Old Irish Blessing

Today as I went for a bike ride, I headed west down a hill and wasn't coasting too well as the wind was pretty strong. A little later I turned and headed east. All of a sudden, I was flying! I had never ridden my bike that fast on that part of the trail; the wind was definitely at my back pushing me along. I couldn't feel it, though I consciously tried, but I could see the results on my speedometer. 

Life is like that. Sometimes, the wind is at your back and you are happily cruising along with little effort. Other times, the wind is in your face and you struggle to move. I thought about this a lot as I was biking, mostly because I knew that I would have to face that wind on the way home. 

I wondered how often I didn't realize the wind was at my back. We are pretty good at noticing the times when it is in your face, but how often do we acknowledge and appreciate the wind at our back? An enjoyable day at work, a pleasant conversation with our family and friends, time in the evening to relax. Lately I have been trying to notice these moments and appreciate them. 

As I prepared to turn around and head home, I decided that I had two choices in facing the wind in my face. I could struggle against it, the effort taxing me mentally and physically as I fought to go faster. Or, I could just accept it and go at a slower pace. We have this choice in life as well. Are we going to rail against the wind in our face and push at it as hard as we can? Or are we going to accept the wind and adjust to it?

Since we have been trying to live a simpler life, I have been choosing the second option. We now have the time to go at a slower pace, to stop and fix something. We try to accept the fact that these moments are part of life and are thankful we have the ability and resources to weather them. 

Are you acknowledging the wind at your back? How do you handle the wind in your face? 

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