Stephen Covey Passes Away, and Sarah Talks about Life, Mountain-Biking, and Resilience

Stephen Covey Passes Away, and Sarah Talks about Life, Mountain-Biking, and Resilience

“Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy.” -Stephen Covey The world lost a wise spirit today.  Many were shocked to hear that the beloved author was 79 years old at the time of his death since many fans – myself included – assumed he was younger than that.  Why?  Was it his youthful aura and timeless smile on the cover of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?  Was it the sage and simple advice given in countless books and articles? Or was it his deep love of family and friends (with 9 children and 52 grandchildren surviving him) that kept him young at heart? Not knowing the man personally, I can only presume it was a combination of all of the above and a lot of other stuff I do not know about him. But what does the “highly effective” author have to do with mountain biking? Furthermore, what does he have to do with my previous declaration (via blog, of course) that mountain biking is a metaphor for life? Moreover, what do Stephen Covey, mountain biking, and dying all have to do with one another? Read on… My sister forwarded me an article this morning which explained that Stephen Covey died from complications from a bicycling accident that happened this April.  Besides the fact that I am a Covey admirer, there is another good reason why my sister sent me this article today and it has to do with my sister being very concerned about me. A week ago, on my birthday, (ya, I’m flashing a “31” in the photo above) I spent about ten hours in the...