August 2, 2013

Day 15/16: Summer Drive N Bike — Boise, ID

Thrilled to add another state visited to my list.  I had never been to Idaho.  Now I have.  I was always curious what the blue turf at Boise State University’s football stadium looked like in person  Now I know.  I was always curious why so many people speak highly of Boise.  I am not completely sure.  It was a great visit.  But, like most towns that grew into cities too fast, traffic stinks and not everyone is happy or warm.  Enough of the travel report.

Boise -- 100PedalsYesterday featured another comfortable scenic ride along a river.  I love these bike paths.  I think it is very intelligent for cities to create a greenbelt for cyclists to commute to work and residents to go for a pleasant walk along the river.  There were a lot of people walking, running, and cycling for their health.  And, there were plenty of people using the path to get to their work destination.  Awesome.

I took advantage of my free time in Boise to read, write, reflect, and relax.  So much of my time on this trip has been rather hectic in a positive way.  Even so, a little quiet time goes a long way after two very crazy, busy, social weeks.

I am currently reading, “Positive Addiction” by William Glasser.  I started it yesterday and am already half way through it.  While I don’t comfortably agree with everything he posits in his book, much of what he talks about relating to the transformative effect of positive addiction is very 100Pedals-esque.  Positive addiction is finding that one activity that gives you energy and clarity and do it every day for an hour a day.  An hour may seem like a lot.  You may even not love doing it every day.   But, the act of engaging in something to that level creates an addiction in your life that creates change, benefits you, and builds mental and physical strength.

When I think about the power of my initial 100Days, those rides became an obsession.  They didn’t control my life; but, they did force me to define my priorities and make certain I got the rides in.  With each ride I obtained more clarity, more energy, and a better sense of where I was going and what was missing in my life.

Most people believe they are too busy or have too many things to do that they cannot imagine committing an hour a day to one thing — every single day.  The more I think about that, I think it is an excuse.  We can do anything we decide we are going to do.  I know there are things I desire to do that I simply haven’t tackled because they are too hard, too scary, too difficult, or simply too much to commit to.

Creating a positive addiction is that commitment to our lives to make and live a change.  In order to make that change possible we need the physical and mental strength to do it.  Think about it.  I am confident that what scares you is the commitment, not the effort. Challenge yourself and embrace a positive addiction for 100Days.  See where it takes you.  Share your experiences with me.  Let’s see what you learn on your journey.


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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.