February 20, 2011

Enjoy Every Sandwich

Day 51: 22.2 miles/1:21

 “Enjoy every sandwich.” ~ Warren Zevon

I am not sure how many of you have heard of Warren Zevon.  As a musician, his most famous song was “Werewolves of London.”  He had a very eclectic musical style and his career featured very unique songs and lyrics.  David Letterman was a gigantic fan and Warren sometimes subbed as the director of the band on The Letterman Show.  The last time he was on Letterman, Warren Zevon was Dave’s only guest for the entire show.  Warren Zevon passed away from cancer in 2003.  Faced with the reality of his terminal illness he was often quoted, especially on Letterman, with the above saying, “enjoy every sandwich.”

I was touched by the Warren Zevon story.  I loved his music.  His personality and his style were simply and bravely authentic.  He was a real character and I found him so entertaining.  And, his attitude about his life and his impending death, succinctly summarized how live and celebrate the life we have been given – “enjoy every sandwich.”

I have so many friends who go through life with a smile on their face.  Their energy is contagious.  I know they feel stress and pressure.  I know for a fact that not everything is always easy; however, every time I see them they have that happy, peaceful look in their eyes and on their face. I always am energized by their joy and their laughter and the ease with which they shrug things off.

Enjoying life is a mindset.  You don’t need to be crazy or zany like Warren Zevon; but you do need to celebrate the life that you have been given.  It is the celebration of your life that gives you energy, provides you peace, and engages others around you to enjoy what you are sharing.  The gift of your joy goes a long way in your relationship with others.

I am at peace today on my journey because I am doing what I do best and enjoying the rest.  This does not mean everything is perfect in my world, it means that I have found a reason to celebrate and enjoy the life I have been given.  Like Warren, I am simply commit to “enjoy every sandwich.”  I hope you can, too!

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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.