“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward” E.E. Cummings

hedgerow flowers

It’s about taking chances and even though my heart was in my mouth yesterday I took a chance. I had a work booking in a village about four miles away and the only sensible way to get there was on my bike. I may have already mentioned the hills here. This unfit middle aged woman had let fear turn these into a mountain range.

I gave myself time, walked pushing my bike when my legs screamed in protest, had my spirit friends beside me, prayed that the rain on the distant hills held off (it did), sang (out loud), gave myself ‘safe space’ from the commuter traffic on the part where I was on a main road, shared a friendly ‘Hello’ with early dog walkers and did not think beyond this part of my journey.

Work was a treat with much laughter and five hours later I set off for home.

My reward was seeing primroses, daffodils and forget-me-nots in the hedgerows, feeling the sun on my face, stopping to talk to the horses in the fields, watching the tractors toiling away and sharing a smile as I caught the kind laughter of a grocery delivery man as he watched me stand stock still halfway up the steepest hill.

I can take this chance every single day now for I feel the rewards have only just begin to show themselves.

tractor in spring


22 Responses to ““Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward” E.E. Cummings”

  1. 1 elenacaravela February 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Wow, what a great post Jane! Inspiration is contagious, and you’ve inspired me today:)


    • 2 Jane Thorne February 27, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Dear Elena, everything has a purpose and you finding this old post of mine, and leaving such a lovely comment, has done more good than you could know. Thank yoou. Much love. Xx


  2. 3 bardessdmdenton April 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Good for you, Jane! Especially as you did it your way, and took time to enjoy the primroses, etc.!


  3. 5 Marylin Warner April 28, 2013 at 2:02 am

    I LOVE this, Jane! Especially when you were singing out loud–and then later noticing the primroses. Wonderful! There are times when we tackle a new activity (with white-knuckles and unease) and discover the surprising confidence that comes with the adventure.
    Well done!


    • 6 Jane Thorne April 29, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      Hello Marylin and thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely and supportive comment, you are so kind. If you had seen me when I was giving myself the ‘pep’ talk before I set out you would have laughed! I am still nudging myself into new situations and there is magic hidden within…it’s good fun. Love and hugs to you, J xxx


  4. 7 jaels April 25, 2013 at 6:49 am

    I LOVE the e e cummings quote! And this seems like a very fun blog–what a lovely person you are!


  5. 9 Jean April 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Hey you’ll get there by bike. There’s no shame walking up a hill if you can’t grind your way all the way up. Enjoy the scenery as you walk along and remount on the bike.

    I’m 54, so I’m not that young. Even after cycling for so many years, there are still some hills that I can’t do all the time. Some days I can, other days I can’t. Some hills I can do it all the time.

    Just make sure you are in your lower/lowest gear going up the hill and remain seated in the bike. Rising from your bike, takes more energy and you might fall off if not used to it.


    • 10 Jane Thorne April 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

      Thanks Jean for your helpful advice and support and yes, all the primroses, daffodils and forget-me-nots are out in the hedgerows. Time to feel the sun on my face as I walk uphill. 🙂


  6. 11 countingducks April 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I couldn’t be more impressed by your new bicycling efforts. It’s very impressive, and is clearly having several benefits. We salute you from our arm chair while eating cake


  7. 13 ianscyberspace April 19, 2013 at 12:35 am

    I know what you mean. There is immense pleasure in just taking time off and looking at things around you rather than letting business dictate and clog up your mind with things that are important, but not as important as personal wellbeing. There is nothing more relaxing than watching the ocean reveal its moods, or listening to the voices of the rainforest, or for that matter the beauty of a farm as you have illustrated above. Thank you for reminding us what is of supreme importance in life.


  8. 19 grandfathersky April 19, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Magical, endearing, soulful, daring … What you did is what life is about, and as you saw the reward came in its own time – Bravo! Do be careful, and what you will find that 10 miles is a stroll and 25 will be like the 4 was today. I am smiling from ear to ear reading this …


  9. 21 1smiles April 18, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Oh Jane,
    You brave darling girl! I am soo proud of you. I haven’t ridden a bike in ages. I might just have to invest in one. You’ve inspired me yet again!
    Love you,
    Jeannie xxxxxxxx


    • 22 Jane Thorne April 19, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Oh Jeannie, you are so kind. My legs are singing to you right now! Thank you for your loving supportive friendship my lovely. Biggest hug. ❤ Xxxxx


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