Category: Dreams

Posted on: March 29, 2017 Posted by: Rich Comments: 1

I Don’t Know (And That’s A Good Thing)

As a new teacher, the scariest thing in the world was a question I couldn’t answer. I figured the students were looking for any cracks in the armor, and not-knowing seemed like the ultimate weakness. So I manipulated and managed my classroom to make sure I looked like the expert. …

Posted on: November 28, 2016 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Dreams Are Messy

If it’s worth the effort, it’s likely didn’t happen the way you imagined. God-sized dreams are generally messy, difficult, and scary. It takes courage and trust to look beyond challenge to see opportunity. I love this video! I admire the sort of creativity that can capture and express an idea so powerfully …

Posted on: November 21, 2016 Posted by: Rich Comments: 2

When A Simple Lesson Changed Everything

Where were you the first time your brain exploded? I was a college freshman during the winter of 1969-70. In one of those huge psychology lectures the professor showed a slide, a photo of a Marine ROTC student in full dress uniform. The reactions were immediate and visceral. Babykiller! Murderer! …

Posted on: November 16, 2016 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Why We Need Bridges (And Why They Scare Us)

I’m fascinated by rivers, paths, and bridges. Aside from the people I encounter, rivers, paths, and bridges are consistently the most interesting and inspiring features of nearly any bike ride. In nearly every setting there seems to be some sort of unique charm. This captivation sort of evolved within my parallel …

Posted on: November 7, 2016 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Cubs Win! The Power Of A Story

You probably heard–the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. After 108 years of futility, of being the Lovable Losers, of Wait Til Next Year, they finally won. I’m sure you heard about it, even if you don’t follow baseball, even if you don’t like sports, because the Cubs’ victory was …

Posted on: October 24, 2016 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Inspired By Hope

Five years ago I was riding my bike 1500 miles. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the ride was long hours to think, ponder, and just be alone with God. You know you’re lost in your thoughts when you lose track of which state you’re riding in. # # # I …

Posted on: October 19, 2016 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

How Will You Fill Your Tiles?

My friend Eric and I had breakfast in one of those old restaurants with the one-foot square checkered tile floors. We’re about the same age. He said, “Here’s a good way to visualize our legacy and the work we still want to do. “Count out seven of those tiles and …

Posted on: October 17, 2016 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Does The Process Matter?

Results-focused thinking is dangerous. Five years ago we were riding along the Mississippi River near Cape Girardeau, Missouri. A post called Traveling Well contrasted two rides and prompted some thoughts about current events. “It’s about the journey, not the result.” Thursday’s ride was about as routine as it gets. Straight roads, …

Posted on: October 14, 2016 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Haunting Memories

Four years ago we took a bike ride to Washington DC. We had a great time but I’m still, in many ways, haunted by what I learned during that trip. At the conclusion I visited the MLK Memorial and wrote a post titled I Can’t Un-Know. I’ve heard individual stories …

Posted on: October 10, 2016 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

Day By Day

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. You and I, and most of the people we know, won’t win a Nobel Prize. But every choice we make impacts others, often in ways we never see. Jon started walking a few years ago. Then running. Last week …

Posted on: October 3, 2016 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

It Looks Different From The Bridge

The Mississippi River taught me about dreams. About halfway through our 1500-mile journey I crossed OLD CHAIN OF ROCKS BRIDGE in St Louis. The view from that historic bridge prompted these thoughts. I’m noticing a lot about the river as I live with it. I’ve lived in the Midwest a …

Posted on: September 30, 2016 Posted by: Rich Comments: 0

A Different Look At Detours

Detours are part of life…and following dreams. Five years ago I encountered that reality on my 1500-mile journey that was supposed to follow the Mississippi River but often didn’t. # # # Thursday and Friday of last week I scarcely saw the river. I trust that it’s there, that I’ll …