Ten things

Brembo river stones

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Ten of the things I have learned from my own life in northern Italy:

1. You can go just about anywhere on a road bike, just long as you adjust your attitude accordingly: on the roads you can go really fast, and off-road you have to let the bike lead you, slowly picking the way of least resistance.

2. You can go just about anywhere on an old, heavy city bike, just so long as you adjust your attitude accordingly: you can’t EVER go really fast and sometimes you have to lead the bike on foot, which enables you to more fully experience whatever it is you are moving through.

3. Speed and efficiency are not to be valued over patience and appreciation.

4. Anybody can ride a bike, including old ladies with pumps and handbags.

5. Anybody can ride a scooter, including old ladies with pumps and handbags.

6. The smaller your space, the more inclined you are to live fully in it; that is, to know its nooks and crannies, its idiosyncrasies, and to appreciate them, exploit them, and therefore benefit from them.

7. It doesn’t matter whether what you have is beautiful, be it your house, your car, your garden, your clothes, your body, your mind or your soul; what matters is how much you love what you have and how well you care for it.

8. Being in love is not about the attraction and compatibility of mind and body, but rather the easy combination of these factors with the conviction that a life built together is a process which will give great satisfaction and gentle happiness.

9. Church is not about belief; it is about culture and community.

10. Belief is not about church; it is about culture and community.

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One Response to “Ten things”

  1. anna thornton-taylor Says:

    this is possibly my most favorite thing you have ever written!

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