It Started with a YES

Keep it real Wednesday

April 15, 2020

It started with a Yes

A few weeks ago our first podcast was aired by a local radio station.  During the interview, one of the announcers asked me how it all started.

Naturally, I started sharing the story of the bike, and how we built it and got the parts and so forth.  But then, I stopped and had a moment of profound awakening and said….

 “It started with a YES”.

During the past 18 months, we have talked about how the blessing bike was founded and evolved into helping so many families.  We talked about Rosemary’s adventurous spirit, the ripple of joy the bike has created and the countless number of people we have been able to help with the bikes.

But what would have happened if we built that bike for Rosemary’s 92nd birthday 18 months ago and she was fearful to ride it and said NO.  The bike would have sat in the garage and gathered dust.

Thankfully, that did not happen.

Rosemary said YES and she says YES to many things.  She is not afraid to try new things and lives her life in a YES frame of mind.

I believe YES is a key to so many things.

Yes, is full of promise, Yes is full of hope, Yes is full of life and adventure. Yes, is a commitment to the future.

There are not many things Rosemary has said No to this past year.  Instead she has said YES repeatedly to new things to include:  interviewing with local television and radio personalities like Maggie O’Mara, skype interviews with people like Steve Harvey, interviews with NowThis, Yahoo and Inside Edition, meeting soccer legend Landon Donovan and sharing a bike ride together in front of 5,000 people, riding in a parade and so many other wonderful opportunities.

At any point, she could have said No, but she didn’t.  Rosemary continues to say yes!

We can all learn a few things from Rosemary .

I am challenged to say YES more.  I hope those reading this can be inspired by Rosemary to do the same, especially considering current world circumstances.

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