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Monday, September 14, 2015

Reclamation Project

Happy September to all.  It's been a great and warm summer season but now we approach the beginning of my favored fall season, at least here in the Northern Hemisphere. 

The imminent fall season is noticeable with shorter daylight sun and cooling temperatures.  Some trees are beginning to turn color and drop their leaves.  School is back in session and the kids, as well as yours truly, are busy with the new school year. 

Fall is a great time to take an appraisal of the year thus far and if necessary regroup for the final push of the last few months of the year.  There's no doubt I plan on using this time to reflect and regroup to be even better in 2016 than I was in 2015. 

This "reclamation project" extends in other areas as well.  Recently, I was in a local thrift market.  I like walking through this place looking for the proverbial "diamond in the rough."  Well on this occasion I came upon a 1970's era Sears stationary bicycle.  It was priced $7.00 and it appeared in decent shape but definitely needed new pedals.  I walked passed it a few times but eventually returned to it and tried it out.  It was in working order and with the relative cheap price I decided to make the purchase. 

It was very funny trying to fit this bicycle in my car, a 4 door sedan.  I had to try several times to position it in a way which would allow me to close the car doors and drive home.  Once home, I started to take some of it apart to clean it as it was quite dusty.  I decided that I wanted to paint it so I picked up some spray paint and new pedals for the bike.  I think it looks pretty good.  What do you think? 

I haven't decided if I should keep it here at home as I've thought of bringing it to my classroom for my students to use at various points during the school day. 

I was very happy just to reclaim and repurpose something that otherwise would be thrown away in the trash.  Aren't we all reclamation projects looking for the spark of inspiration and sense of purpose in our lives?  Let this upcoming season find you well striving towards your purpose and successful in all you do inside and outside your community. 

Before

After a dusting, new pedals and paint.

Change of Season