This past summer, my family spent a couple of days at an inn located on a farm in rural Belgium. One evening my wife and I decided to go for a walk and we walked into an old barn located on the property. Tacked to the wall was a piece of paper with the following message written in English, “Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance you must keep moving.”
This message was simple yet impactful to me. Two years ago my wife bought me a nice road bike for my birthday. It is a beautiful bike, lightweight, with the newest gears, and clip on pedals. I was excited and anxious to try it. I knew practice was necessary before riding it on the street. I needed to learn to react quickly to unclip my foot before stopping because not doing so would cause me to loose my balance and tip over. When I came to a stop light on my first ride I forgot about being clipped to the pedals, lost my balance and fell. The sign in that old barn opened my eyes to an obvious life lesson i.e. we really must keep moving if we want to improve ourselves otherwise we risk losing our balance and our momentum resulting in stagnation in our personal growth and development.
I believe that helping our children find balance in their life is a self-improvement program that will help them in all aspects of living, both in the present as well as the future. Life IS like riding a bicycle.
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