July 1, 2011

Celebrating You!

“A celebration is a moment of reflection on our journey to acknowledge all we have discovered, learned, and done so far.”

The Fourth of July Weekend is upon us.  For many of us it is an opportunity to take a three or four day break from the routine and do something special.  Why not?  We have earned it.  This weekend is also a time to remember and celebrate the freedoms that we do have as a result of the actions taken by others.  Like its citizens, our nation is on its own journey – it has accomplished a great deal in nearly 250 years and it has some serious and challenging days ahead of it.  This weekend is a great opportunity for all of us to make sure we celebrate and appreciate all we have learned, all we have discovered and all that we have accomplished – for on Tuesday, there is work to be done.

Over the first half of this year, the greatest discovery I have made in my life – for my life – is that I have an opportunity to celebrate every single day.  And, it is the celebrations of something every single day that provides me the strength and the energy to deal with the crap that I would rather not see in my life ever.  Sometimes these celebrations are little things, sometimes they are major breakthroughs, sometimes they would seem insignificant to someone else but it is special to you.  Regardless, they are celebrations and they guarantee us something positive about our lives every single day!

First thing I do when I get up in the morning is make my bed!  No big deal to you, huge to me.  I haven’t made my bed in thirty years.  I start my day with an organization accomplishment – a celebration of sorts.  I write something every single morning before I leave the house.  I challenge myself to put a thought to paper and develop it.  Again, another mental accomplishment and an opportunity to celebrate.  Every single day, I make time for myself.  It may be thirty minutes or two hours – it doesn’t matter.  I simply make sure that I have some time to be on my own without any expectation that I do anything – it is me time and another opportunity to reflect, celebrate and enjoy.  I could go on, but I am hoping you get the point.

We all have opportunities to find, create, develop, explore, discover, or enjoy all the cool things that we accomplish every single day.  The trick is to take a moment to acknowledge them and appreciate them for what they are.  Otherwise, your world will is a grey mass of life – there is no energy in those clouds.  Make time for a holiday celebration every single day – you will be happy you did!

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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.