A bicycle - meaningful analogy

Bicycle – a meaningful analogy

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Have you ever thought about how a bicycle works?

Most of us just hop on and let it take us where we want to go without giving it a second thought. A closer look shows it takes a lot of different pieces to do their part and work together to make transportation happen.

When you push the pedal with your foot, a lot happens to make the wheels turn. The pedal turns a crank that turns a gear, which pulls a chain that turns another gear, which turns a hub, which pulls the spokes, which turns the wheel, which pulls the tire that pushes against the road to make the bike go.

When you want to stop, you pull a lever that pulls a cable against a housing, which causes another lever to move, which pushes a pad against the wheel. Changing gears involves levers, cables, housing, springs, and pulleys working together. If one part fails to work when it is supposed to, the whole system fails to work. When one system fails, the bike can still be ridden, but not in top form.

You are the parts, just like on the bicycle. Our families are like the pedaling, braking, and gear-changing systems. The senior family member is like the rider. He directs a pedal or a lever – your family leader – to do their part and they in turn ask you to do yours. If you choose not to do your part, your family suffers and the system doesn’t work well.

A family or a group of friends is our vehicle for adventure and good times and each of you is a very important part.