The Fifth and Almost Forgotten Grace

by Liz Jansen

forgotten graceLast week’s post on The Four Graces barely hit the cyberwaves when I was reminded that there was a fifth forgotten grace. No make matters even worse, this grace chronologically preceded the others: the grace of the tool tube.

As you can imagine, storage space is at a premium when packing for a long distance expedition. I was preparing to be away for at least a year, traveling in remote areas in foreign countries, so it was prudent to take a few tools (beyond those in the bike’s tool kit) to do basic maintenance and deal with the minor repairs.

Quality tools, no matter how compact, still add weight and bulk, so you want to carry them as close to the bike’s midline and as low as possible. Ideally they’re not used too often so you don’t want them taking up prime real estate in your luggage. In devising a solution, some genius came up with the concept of the tool tube.

And my friend offered to construct one for me. It became a fun project involving a few friends, camaraderie, pizza, and a couple of trips to Rona for supplies. I rode away that evening with a uniquely customized and securely installed tool tube.

Not only was it a functional, it was also a conversation piece—the red cap said “Caution. Stand back while in use.” But most of all, it carried memories of wonderful friends, kindness, and laughter—all of which stayed with me every mile. It even took the hit and protected its contents during the crash.

And the forgotten grace? The construction took place on Grace Street. How apt for the beginning of its special journey.

 

 

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7 Ways to Practice Non Judgement

by Liz Jansen

All of us want to change the world for the better. The most effective way to do this is to change the perception of how we perceive problems. By looking at challenges differently, we can turn them into opportunities—for healing and sustainable, positive change.  Motorcycles teach us how to do this.  One of the reasons they’re such good teachers is that they’re free from emotion and judgement. They simply are.

practice non judgementThese practices help us transform our selves and our world.

A motorcycle isn’t handcuffed by the role it’s given by its manufacturer.  Its power isn’t affected by the color of paint, customized graphics or cosmetic accessories. Those things influence whether it’s attractive to your eye but it’s the engine where the power resides. And the engine isn’t influenced by body paint.

  1. Forget about first impressions.  People come in all different sizes, shapes and colors. You can dress yourselves up with the latest fashions and accessorize to your heart’s content. It’s your spirit that is your source of power and no window dressing changes that.
  2. Drop your roles.  My current motorcycle is classed as a Dual-Sport adventure bike. Many people, that means heavy off-road riding. I bought it for long-distance touring, reliability and its ability to carry a load with ease and convenience. Had I chosen my purchase based on the marketed purpose, I would have chosen differently, yet this is the best bike for me at this time. Focusing only on the characters in your life story, whether it’s your own or that of a parent, spouse, child, sibling, boss or co-worker, is focusing only on the role they play in your life; not who they really are.  You can go through life living a role, or you can be who you are.
  3. Avoid comparisons.  Whether the comparison leads you to think you’re better or worse than someone else, in either case, it’s not healthy. If you must compare yourself to someone, compare yourself to an earlier version of your self.
  4. Respect scars. And don’t dwell on them. Shed the stories you’ve built around them that tie you to a disempowering role. As heartbreaking as it is when physical or emotional injuries happen, the scars are merely visual reminders of a lesson.  Every bike has a few dings and scratches that tell a story of lessons learned. While it’s not a good idea to collect them, everyone who has pushed their limits with the object of growth has a few scars to show for their efforts.
  5. Show off your assets. You’re unique and have a combination of gifts to offer that no one else has. Play to your strengths. While outward appearance can indicate your purpose, your true power comes from within. Don’t try and change so people will like you. Your own character will disappear. Be yourself and you’ll attract the right people into your life. They’ll love you for who you are, and you’ll love yourself more too.
  6. Respect age. With youth or age, comes wisdom. Learn to recognize it. Vintage motorcycles are revered for their simplicity and have a way of developing closer relationships with their riders. They offer a very different experience and perspective than modern motorcycles.  The rich patina of stories and appearance develops only through time and experience.
  7. Value diversity. Imagine a world where the only motorcycle available was blue with a 500 cc engine. How boring! Diversity not only creates interest, each motorcycle serves a specific purpose.  Like motorcycles, people come in many different shapes, colors and sizes. Leveraging their strengths spreads positive change.

Start practicing the ways of non judgement and change your perception of yourself and your power. Be yourself, not a character in your own life. That’s who you were meant to be.

In The Four Insights, Dr. Alberto Villoldo draws from indigenous cultures to identify the practices that allow us to change our perception of the events that happen to us, remove the association with cause and effect and  learn to live in harmony with our world.

Reprinted from November 2013

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The Four Graces

by Liz Jansen

What do a horse, a carpenter and adventure rider from Colorado, my landlady, and a can of coconut milk have in common?

Have you ever felt that you’re missing something obvious that’s right in front of you?

That’s how I’m feeling right now, about the word grace. It’s been popping up regularly, and while I don’t need to assign meaning to every little coincidence, in this case, it feels like there’s a message I’m not getting. Maybe you can help me figure it out.

Grace the horse

Early in July, I rode an hour north of my home to Peace Valley Ranch, researching an article for Ontario Tourism. It’s a working ranch with cattle and horses, set in the sprawling, idyllic hills in the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment.

It was meant to be a half-hour interview with co-owner Natalie Kotyck. It was that and more, as I was taught an invaluable life lesson about embracing the present moment by a horse named Grace. Read The Gift of Grace here.

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Ron Grace and Lost for a Reason

I learned of Ron through his charity work with the people of the Navajo Nation in Arizona while searching for guests for my Wheels to Wisdom podcast series.

Started out of gratitude for riding the spectacular reservation land in the southwest, Lost for a Reason is a growing group of motorcycle travelers and adventurers, and people who have a heart for giving to other people; people who are less fortunate.

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Landlady Grace

I was apartment hunting when I met this Grace. Unexpectedly finding myself back where I started after completing only three weeks of what was to be at least a year on the road, I was homeless, carless and bikeless. I needed a place to settle, recover, get grounded and determine next steps, preferably without having to purchase a vehicle.

My friend Ila was driving me to physiotherapy when we spotted the Apartment for Rent sign on the front lawn. I called the number, went to see it immediately after my appointment, and that’s where I’m living now. It’s small, cozy and fits my needs just fine. Centrally located, most places I need to go to are within walking distance, including the car rental place about two minutes away.

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Grace coconut milk

I was on a mission to find coconut milk for soup I was making for a dinner party. No longer stocked in the Thai food section where I usually find it, it was off by itself and the brand was different. Who would expect Grace coconut milk? Yet that’s what was on the four cans I purchased. I doubt it would have caught my attention had grace not already been on my mind.

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As I was writing this article, it occurred to me that the four graces appeared when I was searching for something. Perhaps that’s the message through simple illustrations—that grace, the Creator, Spirit, God, whatever you name your higher power—is with us and within us even when we don’t know the answers. Or perhaps the synchronicity of grace is just a divine mystery, with no answers needed.

What do you think?

 

 

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Riders Doing Good for Others

by Liz Jansen

It’s hard to find a better pairing than motorcyclists and charitable acts. Both play significant roles in my life, but on the bottom line, the most important thing for me is leaving wherever I am in time and place, better for me having passed through it.

At this time of year, there’s no shortage of people in need and hundreds of reputable organizations fundraising to help them. Where do you start? It’s impossible to give to all, so I let my heart and mind work together in deciding who to support.

Here are three causes that get my attention for their integrity, intent, the manner in which they engage and collaborate with recipients, their social impact, and the way their founders and volunteers embrace adventure—and life.

doing good for othersRiders for Health

More than twenty years after Barry and Andrea Coleman, both riders, and racers, hatched the concept around their kitchen table, Riders for Health has become a global social enterprise that manages and maintains motorcycles and four-wheeled vehicles to ensure lifesaving health care can reach even the most remote communities in Africa.

From meager beginnings and a dream, it’s grown to an organization that has programs in seven countries across Africa in partnership with local hospitals and clinics, ministries of health and NGOs, and improves access to health care to over 12 million people.

Visit their website and Facebook page.

The Muskoka Foundation

Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 6.49.08 PMTheir vision is to transform the adventure travel sector by including volunteering as a standard part of every traveler’s plans. They envision travelers will contributing substantial and sustainable “Net Positive Impacts” in the more than 40 Muskoka Communities around the world.

They do this by inspiring and equipping adventure travelers, as well as empowering local partner communities.

Travelers leverage their professional skills to do good as they go, and create sustainable change.

Thanks to Nicole Espinosa from ADVMoto Magazine and RuggedRider for highlighting this organization.

Visit The Muskoka Foundation’ website and Facebook page.

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Lost for a Reason

Ron Grace and Mark Levesque co-founded Lost for a Reason.org (LFAR) as a way to say THANK YOU to the children and families on the Navajo reservation for the use of the land on which they ride, run and explore. It’s a way to help children and families in need. They listen to the families and do their best to fill whatever needs they have from personal items to playgrounds.

LFAR has ONE real mission: To help children and families. Whether they are buying food for the food bank, supplies for school kids, playgrounds for kids to just be kids their ONE real mission can be accomplished with your help.

Visit their website and Facebook page

Watch or listen to my podcast interview with co-founder Ron Grace.

 

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10 Ideas for Motorcycle Stocking Stuffers

motorcycle-stocking-stuffersby Liz Jansen

Looking for some motorcycle stocking stuffers that are sure to be appreciated? Look no further than this list of #moto gifts for the special rider in your life. These thoughtful gifts will please any rider, regardless of their experience level—and one size fits all!. I have all of them in my pack, except for the Gremlin bell. Mine sacrificed itself for me, so it’s time for a new one.

  1. Air pressure gauge. No rider should be without an air pressure gauge.  Inspecting tires for correct inflation and wear is one of the easiest, most valuable steps you can take for your riding safety.stocking stuffers ideas
  1. Chair. These chairs pack up into a small stuff bag and are very light. Plus they’re comfortable for long evenings around the campfire or taking to any rider event.5031-086_BK007_view1_150x150
  1. Multi tool. Useful for a variety of situations, this takes up little room and adds a lot of value.  The bicycle multi-tool is another variation which I stow under my seat.14-juice-c2
  1. Pocket wrench. Another small tool with lots of uses and lots of value. 25k1701s2
  1. Headlamp. A compact LED headlamp casts a wide beam and is great for checking your map at night, setting up camp or trying to find anything in your packs.Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 9.53.33 AM
  1. Mini dry bags. These waterproof bags are ideal for keeping phones, receipts, tickets, and money dry. Stick them in your pocket or tank bag so they’re easily accessible at all times.5003-652_NOC00_view1_390x390
  1. Gremlin bell.  A gremlin bell is attached at the lowest point of your bike to keep the road gremlins away.  But you can’t buy your own. In order to work properly, this must be received as a gift.myL3PKK5CxVENM_-oq8iQ6Q-2
  1. Mini compressor. This takes up very little space and can come in very handy for topping up tire pressure, especially if you’ve had to repair a flat in the middle of nowhere. Plugs into a 12V receptacle.Stop---Go-Mini-Air-Compressor---
  1. AMA Membership. The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) works hard to protect rider rights.  Purchasing a membership supports the invaluable work they do. That works spreads beyond US borders so they’re a worthy investment for any motorcyclists who appreciates his or her rights. It also gives you affinity programs – like roadside assistance for your car or motorcycle, in the US and Canada.AMA_MembershipCard
  1. Magazine subscriptions. There are lots to choose from and something for every rider.  Get them in print or electronic versions.  If you don’t already receive it, Motorcycle Mojo Magazine is a great choice and is available in print or digital versions. They’ve just announced that they’re proud to be the #1 selling Canadian motorcycle magazine on the newsstands. It’s an honor for me to contribute articles for them. Read Finding the Promised Land of the Joshua Tree in the November issue.

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BONUS: Looking for a fantastic moto-read?  Check out the list of assorted titles and interests here. 
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16 Ways to Pay it Forward to Moto Authors

After a weekend of feasting and shopping, today is a day to pay it forward and spread goodwill. Credit for the idea described here goes to Jeremy Kroeker, who raised it on a FaceBook post, last week. It’s a perfect way to give a gift of meaning, with no financial outlay (if you’ve got the book).

Jeremy posted, “Can’t afford to buy all the books from your favorite motorcycle authors? Why not give them a glowing review on Amazon or Goodreads? It’s free and it means a lot to authors.”

I couldn’t agree more. Reviews are gold and make our day. They’re also very useful to other discriminating readers who are deciding on their next meaningful purchase.

So I assembled a list of books you’re likely to have either read or be interested in reading, and linked them to the Amazon page where you can leave that glowing review. Many have multiple books published so while you’re at the author’s Amazon page, check out their other books.

Then, for the icing on the cake, there are tweetable links, where you can spread the word about your review, or your intent to add the book to your reading or wish list. All you have to do is click on the link. What could be easier? And trust me. It will be greatly appreciated. You may even discover books of great interest you weren’t aware of.

This list is by no means exhaustive, and unfortunately to include everyone, would be a huge undertaking. So I’ve assembled an assortment from 16 authors so there will be something of interest for you – and everyone on your gift list. Not all books are about motorcycles, but all authors are riders.

Enjoy!

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NOTE: I’ve just linked to the LLFM book: 75 Tips for Enjoying Robust Relationships. Feel free to leave a review for any of the other 11 also on Amazon. If you’d like a free copy in exchange for a review, let me know.

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Road Report | Three Months into the Detour

by Liz Jansen

Road Report

Departure Date—August 4th, 2014

It’s now been three months since I turned onto the detour. While it wasn’t the experience I anticipated or foresaw when I left Ontario, it’s been an adventure just the same.

Here’s a progress report.

Recovery

It’s been both painful and slow. I guess that makes it painfully slow. Nonetheless there is progress every day, even if barely perceptible. It’s not outside the norm given the amount of damage to my left shoulder and I’m not discouraged, but I do get frustrated. I’m going to physio regularly and almost without fail, doing my exercises at home three times a day, every day.

Six years ago, I broke my right shoulder during an off-road training course, and while that break was not as complex, and I was six years younger, I loosely calibrate my progress against that experience. Three months to the date after that catapult, I began riding again—just around the country block the first time, and then gradually increasing.

There’s not enough function in my left shoulder to ride yet (even if it wasn’t winter), although I’m going to sit on a friend’s bike tomorrow to see if I can reach the handlebars. There’s also a problem with my right thumb, which isn’t settling down yet, and I wouldn’t be able to operate throttle or front brake safely. (When the bike stopped, my hand didn’t and the handlebar jammed into the web between thumb and index finger.)

Carlessness

Last weekend I rented a car as I was going out of town. It’s only the second time I’ve driven since I’ve been back, and I realized how little I miss it.

First of all, it’s uncomfortable, even moreso when I’m driving. I have to stretch across myself to reach the seatbelt, then find a comfortable position so that it’s not rubbing against my sore shoulder. Shoulder checks are also cumbersome.

The worst of it is sitting in standstill traffic, burning fossil fuels and patience, with no value added. Never one who got a kick out of car rides, I do so now purely as a matter of convenience.

Unintentionally, I’ve discovered that Measha likes coming along on walks, which has added another fun dimension, and conversation maker.

No doubt my lifestyle choices make this mode of transportation conducive. It was another choice that gave me the opportunity to experience this. We all make choices and then deal with the consequences.

Wheels to Wisdom Quest

Originally my intent was to ride through the Americas, visiting indigenous Wisdomkeepers and Elders, intending to get a better grasp of who we are before we’re shaped by our culture—and how we can use earth wisdom to live in greater harmony with ourselves, each other and our earth. I also committed to being open to what the road delivered.

The detour has taken me off my original plans, which only means there are other opportunities, experiences, and people to help me fulfill this purpose. Right now it doesn’t look like I pictured it would play out, but there’s more than one way to get from here to there. We evolve as our journeys evolve. The important thing is to stay on the Road.

So I’ll continue to write and podcast around that theme, however it plays out. I still intend continue with the original plan, although given what I’m learning, it will look different. I still don’t have clarity around it, but know that I will when it’s time.

Balance

I lost my balance and ended up in the ditch. While I say that my new priority is recovery and looking after my health, there’s a false ingrained belief that I can still work a full day and then look after my body, mind, and spirit in what’s left over. My schedule’s flexible so if I’ve got physio in the afternoon, I can round out my work hours in the evening. You can imagine however, that what’s left over is pretty bedraggled.

Being self-employed, I put inordinate pressure on myself to generate income. Yet I know that if I don’t care for my being, my work suffers too. I’m not respecting myself, nor can I be of full service others.

So although cutting back, even temporarily, has been a huge internal struggle, I’m pleased that I’m learning this lesson—it’s working out just fine. The reality is, if I push myself beyond my new limits, my work isn’t as good, and my recovery is delayed. Which means longer before I start riding again!

 

It’s an exciting road we travel. Learning to detach from the outcome and labels we stick on ourselves, giving up suffering, and letting go of the way we things ought to be are some of life’s greatest lessons. But doing so allows us to co-create our future and live a life of joy and fulfillment.

What one lesson will you work on to enable you to live your life to the fullest?

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Giving Tuesday | A New Reason to Celebrate

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Yesterday I was researching stories, looking for a new spin to put on Thanksgiving Day and coming up empty. I can make a list of creative ways to celebrate the day or things I’m grateful for, but it feels lackluster, maybe even trite. The problem is that Thanksgiving is overshadowed by consumer madness, which impinges on the day and dilutes its focus. Now there’s new light on the weekend with the creation of #GivingTuesday.

Don’t get me wrong. Even though gratitude is something to practice every day, I love the idea of a day dedicated to collectively showing gratitude for the abundance we enjoy. And it’s certainly wonderful that many families choose this as the one time of year that they come together in celebration and appreciation.

GT_2014Web-Banner_250x250_3-150x150There’s some debate over the origin of the term Black Friday, but what’s not in question is that it’s marked the official kickoff to Christmas shopping since the mid 1920’s. With Canadian retailers struggling to compete, it’s caught on north of the border as well. Not to miss the burgeoning of online shopping, Cyber Monday came along in 2005 after a survey showed just how popular it was.

With all that money going out for gifts, charities were suffering at a time of year when many people are most in need. Two years ago, #GivingTuesday was created by the UN Foundation and the 92nd Street Y, designating the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a day dedicated to social giving and volunteerism.

The movement is already global and there’s no shortage of ideas on how to participate. A quick twitter search on #givingtuesday shows the momentum which has already built, both from those wishing to give, and those receiving. Businesses and philanthropic organizations are matching donations or giving back in multiples.

Screenshot-2014-05-30-10.15.08Here are a few of my favorite ways to get involved:

  1. On #GivingTuesday, post an unselfie of yourself making a difference.
  2. Express gratitude to your friends on your favorite social network.
  3. Contribute to a local charity.
  4. Volunteer for a local charity.
  5. Get involved with a community organization.
  6. Make a donation on behalf of someone instead of purchasing a gift.
  7. Make a family project out of going through your home, collecting up what is not being used (that’s clean and in good shape), and donate it to a charity that sets up homes for families in need.
  8. Don’t drive for a day. Or better yet, find a way to reduce your consumption of fossil fuels. You’re giving back to the earth, and future generations.
  9. Challenge colleagues to come up with a way to mark the day, and then celebrate your successes together.
  10. Publish a story in your company’s newsletter or blog about how their community investment has made a difference.

Tomorrow is a day for giving thanks, followed by two days for getting deals, and now a day to give back. How will you make a difference on #GivingTuesday?

Still stuck for an idea? Check out these sites and get inspired.

 

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9 Ways to Enjoy Cold Weather Travel

by Liz Jansen

In my neck of the woods, late season travel invariably means cold weather travel, and it can be just as enjoyable as riding at any other time.  A new annual tradition started in 2009. Friends, more like family really, moved from San Francisco to Atlanta and invited me to visit them in mid-October. Seeing an opportunity to visit family I see far too little, and get some late season riding in, of course I accepted. Getting together has become an annual Thanksgiving tradition, one I look forward to all year. Unfortunately it won’t work out this year, so these tips go out to those of you lucky enough to still be riding during this unseasonably cold autumn.

In spite of all my years of riding, I was still relatively green about prolonged cold weather riding on that first trip. My  only heated gear was an electric vest. I figured I could manage the temperatures with snowmobile gloves and layers. Wrong. I got off luckier than my bike, and learned valuable lessons.

cold weather travelIn addition to celebrating in Atlanta, we’ve spent the holiday on Jekyll Island, SC, and Edisto Island, SC, at lovely beach hangouts. Traveling there while staying warm, dry and cozy, and feeling the cool air when you lift your visor is exhilarating. With the leaves off the trees, you see things now that you don’t see at any other time of the year.

Since that first trip I’ve collected better, more appropriate gear and am wiser about late season riding. For those of you who also love to extend your season safely, here’s what I’ve learned.

  1. Wear the right gear. The secret to staying comfortable and alert with cold weather riding is having the right gear. I’m now outfitted from ankles to neck with electric gear and can ride all day in -5 deg. C temps, staying toasty warm. My helmet is quiet, draft-free and the best I’ve ever worn.
  1. Manage layering effectively. I now wear an Icebreaker merino wool base layer top, leggings and socks. They add insulation without adding bulk and are perfect for under heated gear.
  1. Carry spare fuses. When turned up on high, heated gear can draw a lot of energy. The year I added my electric pant liners, I blew a fuse because I hadn’t (read the instructions) swapped in a higher amp fuse. In any case, it’s good to have spares. The heat is essential.
  1. Adjust travel time. Daylight is scarce at this time of year and I don’t like riding through the mountains in the dark. It’s also harder to read the road surface and detect unsafe surface conditions. That means getting an early start and calling it a day sooner than I normally would. It’s actually a good thing because your body needs more rest.
  1. Be flexible. The weather is unpredictable at this time of year. I’ll leave a day or two early and have contingency plans built into my schedule to allow for unfavourable weather.
  1. Stay hydrated. Even bundled up so you’d think no moisture could escape, you lose water. Carry water that’s easily accessible, like in your tank bag, so you can sip safely while riding. The downside with multiple layers is that stopping for a bio break is a big inconvenience.
  1. Take frequent breaks. Riding can lull you into a false sense of wellbeing. It’s important to get off the bike, even if just to stretch your legs for five minutes every hour. I usually try and time bio breaks and fuel stops accordingly, to economize time.
  1. Know where you’re going. You don’t want to burn daylight looking for directions or a place to stop enroute. Until this year, my only GPS was the one on my iPhone, so I planned more precisely at this time of year, given the importance of time.
  1. Have a back up plan. The weather is unpredictable and safety is the top priority. Cold is manageable but I draw the line on ice and snow.

If you’d like to extend your season and try cold weather riding,  you don’t need to ride across the country. Start small and test it out. You may find, as I did, that it can be very enjoyable. Typically, once I get back, it’s time for the bike to go into hibernation. And getting it ready for a smooth spring start-up.

 

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Ron Grace | Lost for a Reason

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Ron Grace and Mark Levesque co-founded Lost for a Reason.org (LFAR)  as a way to say THANK YOU to the children and families on the Navajo reservation for the use of the land on which they ride, run and explore. It’s a way to help children and families in need. They listen to the families and do their best to fill whatever needs they have from personal items to playgrounds.

LFAR3LFAR has ONE real mission: To help children and families. Whether they are buying food for the food bank, supplies for school kids, playgrounds for kids to just be kids their ONE real mission can be accomplished with your help.

In this episode, Ron Grace talks about the concept  behind LFAR, how a chance meeting with a Navajo Police Officer ignited an idea, and how the movement has evolved.

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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The story behind LFAR
  • How the actions of several an make a difference for many
  • How developing relationships facilitates positive change—and how you can do it
  • How to introduce a long term, sustainable difference
  • How anyone can make a difference
  • A fantastic way to combine motorcycling and giving back in awesome riding areas
  • Other ways to participate in LFAR
  • How you can make a difference in your geographic area

LFAR2Ron had been riding in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah for 10-15 years, traveling there with his dad. It’s a beautiful area to ride, with places like Mexican Hat, Valley of the Gods, and Monument Valley. He had his dream bike—a BMW Dakar and wanted to ride it everywhere. He loved that he got to meet people on a quick individual basis.

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“When you get lost, you go and talk to people and ask them for directions. If you allow yourself a little bit of time to ask a couple of extra questions—like, how long they’ve lived there, or how they like it there, you start to develop a relationship.”  On a motorcycle that’s the best thing in the world and he allowed himself plenty of time to do that. “It might take six hours as opposed to four hours to travel anywhere, but so be it.”

A meeting with a Navajo Police Officer at the side of the road started an idea, which through action and small changes, is making a big difference in the lives of others.

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“You can’t just pass by and not do anything. It burns a hole in you.”  Ron Grace

“Do something small. It makes a big difference.” Ron Grace 

“People are good to the core. If you let them know about things, they’ll help you.” Ron Grace 

Resources

Watch Ron’s interview about Lost for a Reason here:


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