For the past few months my oldest son, Nathan, has been talking to me about getting some weight off so I can go bike riding with him. (he is an avid cyclist)
So… this morning he came by for a visit. He walked in the door with a box under his arm and says “I’ve got something for you.” I look a the box… it’s a bicycle helmet. I say “So you’re really trying to encourage me to get some weight off so I can ride a bike…” He say’s “Well… come outside for a minute.” He unloaded 2 bikes out of the back of his truck. One of them was a really heavy-duty bike for me. I started choking back the tears…
We went for a short bike ride together… It’s been 40 years since I have been on a bike so needless to say I was a little bit shaky but we made it around the neighbourhood without any serious accidents.
There are times in our lives when someone goes beyond just giving encouragement and when saying “thank you” doesn’t adequately express your appreciation. Two thoughts come to mind… The first is that gratitude is inexplicably linked to true happiness and right now I have gratitude in abundance. The second is that if I really want to show him how much I appreciate his thoughtfulness and generosity I must use the gift he gave me to improve my health and my life.
So… THANK YOU Nathan… (you handsome Viking!). I have to take a break from work in a bit and go for a bike ride.