Friday, June 15, 2012

Hardihood of Spirit

I began to feel that myself plus the bicycle equaled myself plus the world, upon whose spinning wheel we must all learn to ride, or fall into the sluiceways of oblivion and despair. That which made me succeed with the bicycle was precisely what had gained me a measure of success in life -- it was the hardihood of spirit that led me to begin, the persistence of will that held me to my task, and the patience that was willing to begin again when the last stroke had failed. And so I found high moral uses in the bicycle and can commend it as a teacher without pulpit or creed. She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life.
Frances E. Willard, American suffragist (1839-1898) in How I Learned To Ride The Bicycle (1895)

Stealth made its inaugural voyage to the gym today as I fought and overcame my innate appreciation of sloth. Thanks to climbing onto its seat, I have achieved higher moral standing.  ;-) 

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