Day 1

April 21, 2014

By Mallory Ross

“Look at us. Running around, always rushed, always late. I guess that’s why they call it the human race.”

I love the movie “The Switch,” for this quote. The main character is making an observation that is so accurate of society. We are all in such a hurry to do “life,” we tend to miss Life in the process. We miss opportunities daily to connect with our surroundings. We miss the opportunity to connect with other people and possibly be a blessing to them in someway.

As a lot of you probably know, today was the first day of what we are calling the “Imagine Bike Tour.” It sounds official, but it’s really just me, on a bicycle, looking for opportunities to share what God is doing at the Oklahoma State Wesley Foundation.

The beauty of the bicycle is simple. I must slow down. This is not a “mad-dash” from place to place, telling a quick story because I must move on. If you have seen me ride a bike, you would know there is nothing “mad-dash” about it. I’ve been given the opportunity to slow down in this “human race,” and tell a story and hopefully listen to a few along the way. So, I challenge you to try and slow down with me. Challenge yourself as I am challenging myself to do the same. Let’s tell our story and listen to someone else’s. Let’s be legitimately interested in other people and I bet we will find that it is reciprocated. The final quote of “The Switch,” is even better than the first.

“Every once in a while, out of all the randomness, something unexpected happens that pushes us all forward. And the truth is, what I’m struggling to think, and what I’m struggling to feel, is that maybe the human race isn’t a race at all.”

~Mallory

Things I learned on Day 1:

I am grateful for wide shoulders and smooth roads. Never before have those been my “Go to,” during the Thanksgiving Go-Around the Table game, even though it is possible I left Thanksgiving with wider shoulders.

Over packing is not a good issue to have when you are carrying everything on your bike for three and half weeks. I feel as if I need a truck marked, “Wide Load,” driving in front of me.

Ugly birds are not the only birds that get hit by cars. I hope the number of dead cardinals I saw today was not foreshadowing for this years baseball season, for my Granddad and Uncle’s sake.