Learning Curves Attitude of Gratitude
As I write this letter, Glenda and I are serving at the local dental school in San Pedro, Dominican Republic. We get our share of two wheel time here, but not on the Harley. Our mode of transportation often revolves on a two wheeler called moto-taxi. Safety does not always rule and when we arrive we usually look at one another and give a familiar high five with the comment, “Wow, we cheated death again.”
Each time I am blessed to serve among these people, I am reminded of this quote as my attitude of gratitude comes to the forefront.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
As winter draws to a close in Utah, we are grateful to be here where it is warm, but also very grateful that we have this dimension in our lives to be able to serve together. The blessing of the wonderful profession of dentistry that we share is what has made this possible. Plan now for your future and remember you cannot give from an empty bucket, so set aside your needs for an active, fulfilling future of giving back.
Roy and Glenda and the Hammond Family
Here in Utah and in most parts of the country, it is time to wake up your bike from its hibernation and get ready for that first ride. It has probably been stored in freezing weather since you turned it off last fall. Now is the time to get it ready for the initial jaunt. It can save you both time and money, not to mention your health. So here is a list of things that I always consider:
- Check your spark plugs to be sure they look clean. I have also mentioned before, be sure to have a spare with you on all rides.
- Check your battery. If you used a battery tender during the winter, you should be ready to go.
- Check the gas tank and be sure the fuel smells okay. If it smells funky, drain it and put in new.
- Check the air cleaner to be sure it is clean.
- If you have a carbureted bike, check the choke.
- Twist the clutch to make sure it will fully open and then snap back.
- If you ride a model with air suspension, check the air pressure.
- Check the fluid in the transmission to make sure it is clean and full.
- Check the tire pressure and tread depth to look for drying or cracking.
- Check spoke tension. Run a pencil across the spokes and listen to the sound each one makes.
- Take a look at the drive belt and look for wear, cuts or fraying.
- Check the brake lever and pedal to be sure they move freely.
- Start the engine and be sure the idle is set properly.
Now you are ready to ride!
Remember: If you are going to choose the wrong path in life, be sure to choose to ride it with us at Learning Curves.