|Check out the rays of sun through the|
mist of the falls!
The shade began to chill us, so we returned to higher ground to warm ourselves in the sun. I noticed a man donned in biking attire standing next to a well-equipped bike and he was engaged in a very spirited conversation. I watched on and off until the second man walked away and I approached the biker. Bright Spot - As it turned out, he was at the forefront of a cross country trek on his bike!
Patrick, going by PAZ (purpose and zeal), began his journey in Chilliwack, rode to the westernmost town of Tofino, and now he is headed to the Atlantic Ocean! He plans to cycle 50-70 miles each day on an $11/day budget. He referred to this journey as one of healing for himself and others. The PURPOSE is to have a positive impact on the homeless. He is raising money as well as support countrywide to build a therapeutic community for the homeless with a focus on the indigenous people. Hopefully this community will be developed in Winnipeg, Manitoba (central Canada just north of Grand Fork, ND, USA). PAZ envisions tiny homes, eco greenhouses, gardens and support systems throughout.
Why is he doing this? His philosophy is: By offering unconditional love, compassion and kindness to those in need, we validate their value as human beings thus setting into motion miracle after miracle. We ultimately benefit ourselves. It's a win-win for sure!
A smile, a pat on the back, words of encouragement, a few dollars, a small meal, a warm place out of the cold, a story of camaraderie, a open ear...it all counts! He wants to encourage the homeless to 'step into their personal challenge'. It is only then that they can create the positive change that ensures physical, mental, social and spiritual growth. Honesty and acceptance regarding where we are at any given point gives us the clarity and oftentimes permission to move ahead. A certain drive to become our best selves replaces any sense of hopelessness that may have been holding us back.
PAZ's goal...to be a living testament to the words above, his heroism toward others will become others' heroism toward themselves.
He is holding a small urn with
the ashes of his grandmother,
Dolores, who was 104 when she passed.
His bike is named after his
He loves that he is able to
travel with 2 of his favorite people!!!
PAZ began his healing journey on March 22, 2016. At the time of this writing, his plan is to reach the East Coast and return to this area (Nelson, BC) for the winter months then continue on to the West Coast (Chilliwack) by March 22, 2017. Patrick started out as a pediatric nurse and changed gears a bit to chiropractics...both fueled by his love of helping others.