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Magical Moments of Contentment

Old 11-17-15, 09:36 AM
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Sometimes things just all fall into place and, after a moment of reflection, you realize that life is pretty darn good. So I'm starting this thread to give you all a chance to think about when you reached that moment.

This past summer's moment of contentment occurred while having a family ride along the Niagara River in Ontario. Mrs. Altair and Altair daughter and I rode the northern half of the Niagara River Recreational Trail in late July. It was one of those mornings that you could tell was the harbinger of a warm, sultry kind of day - blue skies, a few high clouds, and brilliant sunshine. We had traveled to the area to specifically do this ride. Being very familiar with the Niagara Region, the ride gave us a nice way to just slow down and take in the sights and sounds and ambiance of the river.

About half way through the ride, we stopped and bought fresh fruit and just sat and ate in quiet companionship. Looking at my wife, I could tell she was enjoying the ride. Looking at my daughter, I hoped that we just gave her another good core memory to carry through her life. I quietly hoped that in 15 or 20 years she would be riding the same trail with her own kids and relaying the story of this ride to them. We finished our fruit and then our ride with the feeling that it was the best ride ever.

Take a few minutes. Give some thought to a recent magical moment. Think how ephemeral it all is. Don't take anything for granted. Be thankful for what you have, for what you have experienced, and be very aware that life can change with the flip of the next card.
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Old 11-17-15, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Altair 4 View Post
Sometimes things just all fall into place and, after a moment of reflection, you realize that life is pretty darn good. So I'm starting this thread to give you all a chance to think about when you reached that moment.

This past summer's moment of contentment occurred while having a family ride along the Niagara River in Ontario….

Looking at my wife, I could tell she was enjoying the ride. Looking at my daughter, I hoped that we just gave her another good core memory to carry through her life. I quietly hoped that in 15 or 20 years she would be riding the same trail with her own kids and relaying the story of this ride to them. We finished our fruit and then our ride with the feeling that it was the best ride ever.

Take a few minutes. Give some thought to a recent magical moment. Think how ephemeral it all is. Don't take anything for granted. Be thankful for what you have, for what you have experienced, and be very aware that life can change with the flip of the next card.
Nice story and good thoughts, @Altair 4. I can relate to magic moments, and I’ll keep this post in mind, to recognize them “in the moment,” rather than as a memory.

As an avid cyclist, I think cycling particularly lends itself to such, maybe just because of the endophin surge to due exertion. Nonetheless, I have occasionally posted my take on it.

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Several years ago, I had lunch with a couple of MD's and the discussion turned to the vissicitudes of life, such as sudden death, and trivial symptoms that are a harbinger of a serious disease. The conclusion of our conversation was that old chestnut to live life every day to the fullest.

As we were leaving, the surgeon, a marathon runner said, "Well, any day with a run in it is a good day for me." I was already a serious cyclist for many years, but it suddenly clicked for me; any day with a ride in it is a good day for me.

Ever since then, I make a definite effort to ride my bike every day…
Regarding the “flip of the next card,” one of the scariest aphorisms I have ever heard was by Doris Lessing, ”Life changes fast.”
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