I would still like to meet you. I have also chosen to use this opportunity to spread goodness. I believe bad deeds can not drive out bad deeds. Only good deeds can do that. So I have chosen to gift bicycles to youth in our community who would be elated to have one and who would greatly benefit. I would like you to be there with me to gift these bicycles to them. You are in the right place and the right moment. Take this opportunity please.
I have not found the bicycle and I have not found the boy who took it.
I was so much hoping to meet him and to get to speak to him. I tried and I was not able to find him though.
Still, much good will come from my bike being stolen.
I have decided to respond by practicing something that Martin Luther King Jr. lived by. He believed that hate cannot drive out hate and that only love can do that. For many hate and love are seen as emotions and feelings that we have inside of us. But we can also act in hate or love.
I believe that bad deeds can not drive out bad deeds. Only good deeds can do that.
To act on love, I am gifting bicycles to youth in St. Pete, who live in the same city as this boy who took my bicycle.
I have no thoughts of punishment, getting even or anything of that sort. I believe in restorative justice. I do not believe in our largely corrupt and broken “law enforcement” system.
I am excited to work with the St. Pete Bike Co-op. They are an incredible organization that builds bicycles, primarily from donated and secondhand bikes and parts, to provide them low cost or free to those who really need bicycles. They teach basic bicycle maintenance and safety and are an essential hub for helping to get people on bikes and keep them riding.
Together we are going to provide at least 10 bikes to youth in St Pete as well as provide a bicycle maintenance workshop to all of the recipients. We are partnering with St. Pete Youth Farm to find youth who would love to have a bike, but likely wouldn’t have otherwise had access.
If you’d like to contribute, you can make a donation directly to St. Pete Bike Co-op or if you are local you can donate your bicycles to them to be repurposed and redistributed! If you know a local youth who would love and benefit from a bike you can contact St. Pete Youth Farm.
I’ll share another update in a month or so.
I still have not replaced my bicycle as I have just been too busy to do so. But at my house we have a few community bicycles and I’ve been using one of those.
I’m wishing you the strength to act with compassion and kindness in the challenges you come across.