March 29, 2011

Celebrating New Routes on Your Journey

Day 88: 21.1 miles/1:15

“You don’t always need to know where you are, as long as you are clear about where you are going!”

Today’s ride was on a new, gorgeous, pre-sunrise route.  This course was a hybrid of two other courses.  I was able to link these two courses together when I ventured off one of the known courses to see where the road would take me.  Even though the bike lane ended, I decided to see how the courses might connect if I stayed on this particular road.  I took a calculated risk that I would be safe and find my way.  And, eventually I discovered how to safely link these two courses.  Now I have an entirely new option for my rides in this neighborhood – all because I took a chance and broke away from what I knew and was safe with.

Sometimes getting lost, taking a risk, or trying our something different is good.  As long as you know where you are going or what you want to accomplish, testing out a new process, idea, or program can be a productive exercise.  Routines and habits are very helpful in keeping us on track; however, they can also prevent us from discovering and exploring new, unique, and exciting opportunities that may make our journey and our mission even more enjoyable.

I have always been a bit of a risk taker.  I like to work on doing things differently more than the average person.  So, it is easy for me to say, “Get out there and break your routine a little.”  For many, it is the routine that keeps us on track and in sync.  But, it is also the routine that simply creates a habit that limits growth, too.  I ride different courses, at different times, and from different directions because the experience of the change is also illuminating and enjoyable.  I discover something unique about each route as a result of that process.  It provides me and opportunity to stay fresh and always be in discovery mode.

Being out of your element, in a new routine, or a little lost is all good.  It is refreshing, challenging, and opens up new opportunities and possibilities.  As long as you never lose sight of your mission and your goals, being on a different route is a new adventure – enjoy it and embrace it and learn from it.  Because you know where you are going you will never be lost for long!

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.