March 6, 2011

Every Day Counts

Day 65: 35.6 miles/2:08

”Every day counts.”

I have seen this quote several times in the past few weeks.  It is the featured quote on a school’s messaging sign in front of the building.  Every time I go by it, I pause to think what this means.  Every day? Every single day counts?  Yes, it does.

Every day we are challenged to live our commitment to our mission, vision, values, and goals.  For every day is an opportunity to be present for ourselves and others to that effort.  This does not mean that we need to be slaving at our desks, or making phone calls, or writing up business related stuff every day; for if we did that we would be compromising our needs for work-life balance and our commitment to family and our need to recharge and make time for ourselves.

What this does mean is that every day is an opportunity to continue to celebrate and create accomplishments as it relates to our goals.  It means that there is not a work week or a work day assigned for us to live to our promise and a time or a day to simply turn off our commitment to fulfilling our promise.  When you internalize and make a commitment to your mission, vision, values, and goals every day is an opportunity to do something to promote, share, demonstrate, and accomplish something as it relates to them.  There is no break for those components of your life that you have defined as the most important elements of them.

One of the discoveries for me during 100 Pedals was how consistent a commitment of one hundred consecutive rides is.  There are no off days for something I committed to do every day.  For an addict, there are no off days for living a clean, sober life.  For a parent, there are no off days for loving and caring for a child.  For an individual striving to repair a broken relationship there are no breaks for working on that relationship – it is an ongoing and continuous commitment.  For a person who has made a commitment to be more receptive to the thoughts and feelings of others, there is no time out to that commitment.  Just about anything we have truly committed to involves being present to them on a consistent, daily basis.  Our commitments are not a nine-to-five or Monday through Friday thing; for every day counts and every day matters.

As you continue to make progress and press through to accomplishment with your commitments, remember to celebrate every day as another opportunity to make a difference.  Every day counts!

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.