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I cycled nineteen miles
at a tortoise pace,
many would call me glacial
others total disgrace.
Admit dissatisfaction
at me that I’ve become,
no longer sprightly youngster;
to ruin I’ve fallen.

Blood pressure is racing
my size and my mass,
in race to rock-bottom
it’s tie tween gut and ass.
Glories of yesterdays
I fear I’ve left behind,
only thing I have that’s quick
is my rhythm and rhyme.

I may be punny fellow
but that’s a low benchmark;
Seems meteoric rise
has left me in the dark.
If you require speedy
I suggest Gonzales:
For I am on a downward slide
that’s heading to useless!
Yes, I’m on a downward slide
that’s heading to useless.

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I cycled 19 miles yesterday. I was SAF but proud enough when I finished to text my wife about my great accomplishment. She lauded me. My life is being overtaken with Participation Trophies.

Reinhold Niebuhr, a contemporary of my grandparents, wrote the Serenity Prayer which begins with, “God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.”

Reinhold left out laughing at oneself, my guess is it’s his German Heritage, “those people” from “back then” didn’t go for a lot of self-deprecation.

The rest of R.N.’s prayer goes, “Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world As it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right If I surrender to His Will; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life And supremely happy with Him Forever and ever in the next.”

Even though I’m laughing at myself my perspective is way darker than Niebuhr’s. God bless us, every one.