December 31, 2012

As You Plan Next Year…

Give Love  - 100PedalsIn a recent article, “Be Inspired” — I shared my perspective on the power and impact of the gift of love in our lives.  I was humbly honored when a trusted a colleague, Mark Struczewski offered his complimentary reflections in an article of his own entitled “What the Best Gift We Can Offer to Those Around Us Is.

I enjoyed Mark’s poignant message about the gift of Love.

“Love is the gift that is literally perfect because everyone needs it, it fits everyone perfectly, it never wears out and never fails…You don’t need any special training to give it.  You don’t need to be certified.  And everyone pays the same price (which is free, by the way)… So I challenge you this Christmas season – and year ’round – to consciously give the gift of love.  Don’t wait for someone to give YOU the gift of love first.  Give it even if the other person doesn’t give it to you.”

Love is that simple, effective, uncomplicated, and meaningful gift that anyone can share with anybody at anytime, anywhere. Unfortunately, it also seems to be that one gift that many have far too little time or energy to simply share except in the time of the season, or after a tragedy, or following a life altering event.   Love is the best gift to offer every single day of our lives!

This is the time of year where I read, see and hear about people thinking and planning for their new year.  There are an increasing number of posts, comments, and suggestions offering guidance to help others plan, organize, and succeed with their New Year’s goals.   What amazes me is that so many of these goals are internally focused — personal growth, increased wealth, better health, and professional accomplishment driven.

Where is the plan, the commitment, the goal, and personal challenge to change the world by making someone else’s world a better place?

Instead of focusing what you desire, achieve or accomplish to make your life better — why not look at sharing the gift of your love as an opportunity to make someone else’s life better?  

As you ponder your plans, expectations, dreams, and visions for 2013, I would encourage each of you to consider making a commitment to offering the gift of love to the world — family, friends, strangers, people in need — every single day.  Imagine the impact of consciously committing to offer the gift of love on your life, your community and on the lives of others.

As you define your personal objectives for 2013 please consider the value you offer through the greatest gift of all — your love — and do what Mark encourages each of us to do: make a commitment in 2013 to “take a moment and unalterably change someone’s life…on purpose” and by design, every single day!


About Dave Cooke

Dave Cooke is a dad on a mission. His mission is to help parents get control of their lives over the powerful, destructive influences of a child's addiction. As the father of a son in a ten year heroin battle, Dave knows all to well the challenges parents and families face. He also knows there is a way to find peace in the chaos. It is his mission to help parents discover their path to a healthier, balanced life even if a child's active addiction is still part of their daily journey.