March 8, 2011

Choosing Your Path

Day 67: 21.6 miles/1:24

”The practical road is not always the easiest to travel; but, it takes wisdom to be willing to take it.”

I was thinking about the positive actions that Brandon has taken in the past few days.  His decision making process has been very deliberate and focused around what he knows he needs to do, not what he would like to do.  That is a huge breakthrough for him.  Historically when faced with what he knows he needs to do versus what he would rather do, Brandon consistently chose the easier, more desirable path.

His decision making criteria has changed because he has finally started to discover that making good choices are not always about making easy choices.  The choices he is making reflect his awareness of the impact of every decision on progress, success, and fulfillment.  Getting to where he wants to be will not be an easy journey.  It will require sacrifice, focus, and acceptance.  He will need to discover how to trust and embrace the influence of those who know how to help and guide him and to follow their direction even if sometimes it is not easy, clearly logical, or fun.  Brandon is coming to reality that the road he needs to travel will involve components that are not the most desirable; but, he is starting to get a sense of clarity that this is part of the process.

We all face these similar challenges in our journey.  There are aspects of the path that we would rather avoid than face.  We would like to find a detour or shortcut to the most difficult part of the accomplishment process.  The reality is, those difficult stretches are what make the journey the success.  We cannot succeed at anything exceptional without working hard at it.

In yesterday’s thoughts, I commented on how our accomplishments prepare us for future success.  That is the case with those difficult and challenges paths.  I shared with Brandon that once he decides to make the hard choices, trust his advisors and take action on those aspects of his life that he has been avoiding, his life will be changed.  Once he realizes the accomplishment of tackling the hard road, he will be inspired to find and expect more success.  The same is true with our difficult assignments.  They cannot be avoided.  And, through our success in dealing with them, we will be inspired to take on more.

There will be difficult and challenging paths on our road to accomplishment.  They will not always be fun, easy, or readily exciting.  Demonstrating the wisdom and commitment to face those challenges and create a positive outcome from them, gives us something to celebrate and provides the inspiration to keep moving in a positive direction.

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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.