Live Thankfully

Wesley Rosselet submitted this blog to us several weeks ago as part of our #LiveThankfully theme.  We wanted to share it with you on this Thanksgiving holiday.  We are reminded by Wesley to slow down and live thankfully not just today, but throughout the Holiday Season.  Thank you Wes.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

LIVE THANKFULLY

Submitted By Wesley Rosselet

Well here we are on the cusp of the Christmas season. If you're anything like me it's easy to lose sight of more than just plunging through the daily and weekly routine. Left to our own devices, I think most of us focus on simply maintaining the status quo and surviving the daily grind. One reason thankfulness doesn't come very naturally to us is that it takes effort; not just a little either but some serious effort. We have to rip our eyes off of our goals for the future and stop focusing on the parts of our life that aren't going according to our plans and we have to look at what's behind us and where we're coming from. Our American mindset is exceedingly pragmatic and celebrating what we've already got going on for us doesn't solve any of our problems or move towards the future from a practical standpoint. Gratefulness has strong emotional, mental and spiritual benefits, though, and I think is well worth the effort it takes to achieve. Instead of feeding our insatiable appetite for more we have the opportunity to slow ourselves down to remember victories we have won and things we can enjoy right here and now. The absurd thing is that by unswervingly pressing towards our future goals and plans we actually rob ourselves of any significant peace and joy. By the time we achieve our plans for the future we have a brand new set of goals and plans in place to keep moving towards, forgetting that the past several weeks, months and years have been spent in pursuit of that which we forget about almost as soon as we've succeeded. So this season let's all slow down a little bit, forget for a couple of weeks about the feverish pursuits we have for the future and enjoy some of the things we've all taken for granted.

1) Friends and family. Let's start with one that you didn't even have to work for. All of us have been built for community and when we let busyness get in the way of fellowship, suffering always follows. Take some time and enjoy your friendships for a couple of weeks.

2) Food. We're soon entering a time of year known for sumptuous, delectable treats: hot chocolate, peppermint candy canes, eggnog, roasted nuts, and turkey, just to name a few. And if you're a member of Rising Sun Snacks... well that just opens a new door to seasonal fare. Enjoy the foods of the season!

3) Shelter. It might sound silly to add our houses to the list of things we're thankful for but one thing I learned on my bicycle trip is that it's truly a wonderful thing to have a roof over our heads every single night. Enjoy having heat & dryness when the weather is less than favorable.

4) Health. If a cold or mild case of the flu is all you have to deal with this winter, you are blessed. It's amazing to me how quickly we all complain at the first sign of deteriorating health but weeks or months go by with perfect health and we don't think twice about it.

Instead of plunging through the holiday season with tunnel vision focused on December 26th or January 2nd, let's all slow down, not just today but during the coming months and remember how lavishly we are all blessed. Give thanks!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Wes

Wesley Rosselet successfully traveled across America on his trusty bike, "Fledge," this Summer.  Wes left Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on April 27, 2015 and through hard work and determination arrived in San Francisco, CA on July 26, 2015.  Throughout his journey, Wes raised funds and awareness for ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease!
Every dollar raised to battle ALS makes a difference!  Make a difference here!
Read Wesley's Blog from the Trip Here

 

Looking Back: Wes Across America Sponsored by Rising Sun Snacks

Guest Blog For Rising Sun Snacks

By Wesley Rosselet

It was a hot day out. I mean really hot. I'd covered 60 miles on my bicycle but was only halfway done. This was the longest mileage I'd ever attempted. It was my first full day riding in Kansas and I was a little more than halfway across the country. At this point I'd been on the road well over a month. I'd left Rehoboth Beach, DE on April 27th and had reached Pittsburg, KS on June 6th. My 120 mile day started around 6 am on June 7th. There had been some pretty strong headwinds from time to time and it was just getting into the afternoon, the hottest part of the day, when I took a break to grab some lunch. Contrary to popular opinion, Kansas isn't perfectly flat; at least not the eastern section of the state. There had already been a couple of decent hills and there would be more before my day was finished. There also wasn't much civilization on this particular route so stopping for an ice cold electrolyte beverage and a sandwich wasn't an option most of the time. The couple of communities I'd ridden through were so small that if you blinked you'd miss them.

I'd left Marshfield, MO a couple of days ago and still had most of the batch that Rising Sun Snacks had sent with me. The pick of the day was some peanut butter granola stowed in my handlebar bag. I felt very plugged into nature out in the middle of nowhere as I ripped open the paper bag and indulged in organic, non-GMO goodness. I had another 40 miles to completing my very first century ride (aka 100 miles) and another 20 past that to my destination of Eureka, KS where I would indulge in a large pizza for dinner but I knew that Rising Sun would give me a little bit more mid-day grit to finish my hardest ride yet.

On reaching Toronto, KS at the 100 mile mark, I took a breather and relaxed for a couple of minutes to celebrate that I just had 20 miles left. At this point, I'd been on the road for 10 hours and it was 4 pm. As I monkeyed around on my cell phone a pickup pulled along side me with an elderly man and his granddaughter. When you're out on a bicycle with all your gear on the back you never know what to expect when a person pulls up alongside you. Sometimes you get chewed out for riding a bicycle on the road, sometimes you get questioned about your motivations, and sometimes (like today) you get offered an ice cold drink at a nearby convenience store. There was a small mom and pop run store about a couple miles up the road where the driver of the pickup promised I'd have access to a free Gatorade on him. At the convenience store the friendly lady let me fill up my depleted water bottles with icy cold refreshment and told me that the swimming pool in Eureka would definitely be open despite the fact that it was a Sunday evening.

The last 20 miles were miserable on my backside. There are no words to describe what riding on a racing bike seat for 12 hours feels like. Every pedal stroke hurt and there were a couple more hills before I stopped at the motel. I made it, though. I arrived in Eureka at about 6 pm and smiled when I saw the Pizza Hut was still open for business. It was a glorious dinner. When you're on a bicycle tour every experience is magnified. Showers and meals are immeasurably better, hills are more painful and healthy eating goes so much farther. That's why I wholeheartedly recommend Rising Sun Snacks for all outdoor endeavors. I'd made it 40 miles on that granola and feel confident I could have gone a bit further had I needed to!

Wesley Rosselet successfully traveled across America on his trusty bike, "Fledge," this Summer.  Wes left Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on April 27, 2015 and through hard work and determination arrived in San Francisco, CA on July 26, 2015.  Throughout his journey, Wes raised funds and awareness for ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease!
Every dollar raised to battle ALS makes a difference!  Make a difference here!
Read Wesley's Blog from the Trip Here