The Blessing of a Blown Bicycle Tire

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Earlier today I started listening to Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi. In it, Zomorodi talks about the ways in which the messiness of life (awkward pauses in conversations, uneventful road trips, stultifying class periods) are actually when the brain has a chance to make new, interesting connections, spurring new ideas and creativity.

Unfortunately, those moments of boredom are being supplanted by a world largely made up of technology and the various apps that keep us engaged every day. Between computers, laptops, and smart phones, our every waking moment has something to distract us from that ever present demon of idleness.

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Strangely, I was cycling and listening to this audiobook when my bike blew a tire. What was meant to be a relatively quick bicycle ride on a well-worn path became suddenly became an unexpected 20 minute walk home. I turned off my audiobook, took a deep breath, took a stroll around town checking out the flowers.

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