51, Husband, father of 2, teacher of history, Japanese and PE. Love coaching the Whatcom County Composite high school XC mtb team.
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Sep 6, 2016 at 23:24Sep 6, 2016
@WAKIdesigns: Intent is, perhaps, different from 'good intentions'. The road to hell being paved with 'good intentions' is a common maxim in the Western world, it seems. But in Buddhist thinking of intent, as I understand it, the goal is only ever to save one's self. Others are responsible for working out their own enlightenment. The notion of good intentions seems to refer to actions directed at others, or society in general, rather than working for personal enlightenment. Being negative towards others brings me no closer to enlightenment, so I choose to not engage in that behavior. A much different kind of intent than the 'good intentions' that brought us the Holocaust, or prohibition, or movie ratings, or words one cannot say on television... Those are all directed at saving or improving others or society based on a person or group's notion of what is good.
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Sep 5, 2016 at 15:00Sep 5, 2016
@WAKIdesigns: Life can get that way when we are not intentional about who we are and how we will interact with the world. I know that in my limited time to pursue those activities that feed my soul, I have chosen not to engage with those who are filled with negative attitudes and expressions. Life is too short to wallow in the bog of negativity. Love your family, and embrace the love they share with you. I can't imagine at the end of life saying "I wish I'd spent more time engaging with trolls online, or being at work." I work to seek those things (activities, thoughts, expressions, relationships etc.) that sustainably support a life I can wake up in the morning excited to engage in. Can I sincerely respond "Today is the best day of my life."? Since today is, in reality, the only day I have... this moment is the only moment in which I exist, how do I occupy this moment in life-affirming ways? I know this sounds like a hippie feel-good mantra, but I've come to this place after a year of serious mortality reminders. It is working for me, though it hasn't solved all my relationship concerns, nor made me the perfect parent, nor quelled my concerns for the future of the planet or the political situation in my country... What it has changed is my approach to the life I lead. To my responses to challenges whether they are physical, psychological, work related, relational... I'm pretty confident that most of us are doing the best we can with the tools we have to live this life. As with riding, some toolkits serve their owners, while others seem to hold them back and are woefully inadequate for the situations faced either on the trail or in life. I can't control what tools others carry. What I can control is what I carry and how I use them. Do I use them to repair and support, or do I keep them for myself and mock someone else for not having an adequate toolkit? What do I do when I realize that I don't have the necessary tool for a situation? Life is challenging, and not all of us travel with the same tools, nor knowledge of how to use them to the benefit of ourselves and others. I also consider the Buddhist notion that I am responsible for my intent, not the results. What was the intent of my words or actions? Were they intended to uplift and to affirm life? The way others respond is their responsibility, not mine. I can work to ensure that my intent is clear, but how others respond, or the results of what I say/do I can let go of. Some thoughts from an old fart.
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Aug 3, 2016 at 0:05Aug 3, 2016
Thanks for sharing your pictures of this adventure. Fun to travel with you. Took my 20 year-old daughter for a 1,000 mile ride last week up into the Caribou and Chilcotin mountains before crossing back to Pemberton and Whistler and home. Check out those sections of the TCAT (Trans Canada Adventure Trail). We followed it from basically 100 Mile House to Horsefly Lake and then all the way to Vancouver. Good times.
Jul 24, 2016 at 13:04Jul 24, 2016
Fun how stable these bikes are catching a little air at speed. Cool to have a friend with whom to ride, especially if you travel in a similar manner and pace. I enjoyed the solo travel, and found myself rolling my eyes a little on the day I rode with 3 riders from Kenya in Utah, who were determined to follow exactly the UTBDR (Utah Backcountry Discovery Route) and it felt like every-other intersection, we had to turn around and take a different fork. Kind of killed the flow for me. Fortunately, the Kenyans were really cool people, so the push/pull of following the route vs. going with the flow was more palatable. But I'd want to be more aware of what I was getting into were I to travel with such a group.
Jul 24, 2016 at 12:50Jul 24, 2016
@nikoniko: is there really any region in Japan that is not either a mountain region, or very close to a mountain region? Ok, maybe some spots in Hokkaido are pretty flat... In my last two years of high school in Japan (81-83), I rode a Yamaha RD 400 all over the Kanto, Tohoku and Chubu/Hokuriku regions. So many fond memories of amazing mountain roads, generous hospitality... Would love to tour there as an adult.
Jul 24, 2016 at 12:43Jul 24, 2016
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Jul 24, 2016 at 12:37Jul 24, 2016
Video: Galbraith Winters With Jill Kintner, Katie Holden and Company
@Pastafarion: ...in Moab. :-)
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