Day 18 – How fortunate I am

Tim asked me to meet him in Myers Flat which is only 4 miles south of the campground where I spent the night. They will be leaving Eureka this morning and Myers Flat is a convenient location along their way for them to pick me up.

It is a beautiful morning. I am happy that I will see Tim, Bill and Mark again, and grateful that they have agreed to take me with them. I say goodbye to Jane and Adam — after helping them decide what part of India they will visit after the wedding 🙂 — hop on the bike, and off I go.

When I am about to arrive in Myers Flat two rear wheel spokes break, one right after the other. The wheel loses its alignment and is now rubbing against the break pads, making it very hard to proceed. I have no way of fixing that; I am not carrying any extra spokes with me. I’ll have to stop at a bike shop.

I stop for a moment to reflect how fortunate I am. This is the perfect time for a mechanical problem. Not only I am miles away from the nearest bike shop — and it would be troublesome to get there — but the spokes broke right before I am getting a lift. I think to myself, “Isn’t that great? How lucky I am!”

Yes, call me Pollyanna. I am an optimist and I like that. I believe that there is always an upside in every situation. We can always find good in the bad.

Let me sit here in this park, relax, enjoy this beautiful blue sky and the warmth of the morning sun on my face while I wait for them to arrive.

I keep thinking, “How fortunate I am!”

I keep smiling.

Life is good.

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