Vol. #1 11/30/12
“Think global, act local”
“Think global, act local,” an often heard expression that conjures up various notions depending on the operative word for you. Here is another that is heard with frequency in the riding community, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.”
Sayings’ or anecdotes that live on, transcend time because there is a truth and purity in the words. Recognized by many who hear them, they are for these individuals, jewels of wisdom to be passed down from generation to generation as some secret sauce to living a full and purposeful life.
For me, and I suspect many of you, riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle is a catalyst to reconnecting with that inner truth whatever that may be in each of us. You have all heard bikers describe why we do what we do in many terms; liberating, feeling free, decompressing or inner peace, to name a few. Engage anyone of them in a conversation and the explanation, particularly to a non-rider, would sound like a dissertation on the theory of relativity. To a rider it isn’t ultimately the words, it is the feeling. It is emotive and it brings to mind another often heard expression. “If I had to explain you wouldn’t understand.” Not so coincidentally, it was this statement proudly emblazoned on my first Harley t-shirt.
My unique journey started as a pre-teen with a mini-bike, a dirt bike, then an on/off road bike when I was street legal. I had a subscription to Cycle Magazine in my teens and scrutinized each issue like a proof reader for Double Day. Today I have the good fortune to find myself beginning our thirty-fifth year as a family owned Harley dealership.
As the years, memories and miles pile up I’ve found the reflection triggered by the ride only gets richer and richer. I share these thoughts in hope that they will spark conversation in others that are traveling, observing life, reflecting on the past or just soaking up a good day. Speaking of soakers, here is another one you may have heard; “bad weather on the road still beats a good day of weather at work.”
I started with the words “Think global, act local.” The operative word for me is act. You can’t wait for the world to pass you by. Life is too short, you need to do something. The longest journey starts with one step, and if you’re interested, I will share my steps, missteps and more all right here.