Yesterday morning, author Denise Michaels, founder of The International Book Writing Guild and leader of the Writers of Non-Fiction Facebook group asked members to "share what you’re doing today to re-charge your batteries."
I left the following comment: "Ever feel like your batteries were alkaline, and not the energizer bunny brand either? Seriously, I'm gonna ride my bike to church this morning. I haven't been to church since before my surgery, in April."
As I prepared to go, inspiration struck.
There is nothing like a long, leisurely, bike ride, for re-charging one's batteries, even huntin' down creative ideas and inspiration out of the blue, as you train your mind on something you have been working on, or something new.
Whether 10 miles, or 4,141, the journey has the potential to inspire the writer in ways he, or she, might never imagine, while refreshing a body and spirit that possibly has recently been through a lot.
Over the years I have taken bike rides of 45, 48, 66 (twice), and 81.60 miles (over 2 days) that, camera in tow, inspired me to creatively share those adventures. My rides helped me come up with ideas for new stories and poems, and even think through daily life challenges.
The first half of my 17 mile journey ended at Lakewood Church, just in time for the 11am service. Tired and sweaty I locked up my charger and HSB (Human Serial Bus) cord, and went inside for some spiritual refreshment as only Joel Osteen and company can dispense.
He delivered a powerful sermon. While it was no old fashioned stem-winder, it did drive him to tears, at one point, bringing a little levity to things, and....it led God in Heaven to LOUDLY roar His approval and shed a copious amount of His own tears for the whole 20 min. that Joel's part of the service lasts.
Now THAT'S impressive!
It IS an experience to attend a service in person. I always sit in the 2nd level, as far from the stage as I can get, for the illusion of preserving my hearing, the music is so loud. The singers are great, but most of the band and the whole choir are wasted. What's the use of using them if you can't hear them over the noise of the dominant instruments? If they faked it no-one could tell the difference. The bookstore is one of the best of its genre I've ever visited.
After the service I went to lunch but, after a 90 min. break the Lord started up again with the hollerin' & the bawlin' and my bike and I remained holed up at a Jack in the Box, down the street from 130 to 3pm.
Finally, I was able to leave and felt confident to continue with my ride as originally planned.
Positive change in one's life, personal, career and creative, in a minute is not made. I have done so much and been through so much, the last three years, but as long as I keep my batteries positively charged I know I will continue making progress along the trail that my life journey is taking me on.