June 1, 2011

Finding Answers in Unexpected Places

“…there ain’t no Coupe de Ville hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box.” ~ Meatloaf

I was listening to Meatloaf the other day and the entire line in this one song made me smile and think, so I decided to share my thoughts in that moment.

Sometimes the answers we seek are not always where we expect them to come from. And, they don’t always come in the form that we might want or look for. Last week I wrote about a message I internalized from a fortune cookie.  Today my thought comes from a ‘70’s song.  I have share quotes that caught my attention while watching a movie or a television show.  The point is, when you are paying attention, there are often more answers being offered to you than you realize.  The challenge is to be receptive and attentive.

Since I started the 100 Pedals journey, I have become acutely aware of many opportunities to listen, learn, and gather insight, advice, or information.  People come into our lives everyday looking for answers that we have ideas on and sharing information that we can embrace and utilize.  The awareness of the opportunities is how we can benefit from the interaction.  Unfortunately, when caught up in the minutiae of the day, many of those moments go unnoticed and unutilized.

I have really enjoyed my heightened awareness of the various quotes, thoughts, and ideas that come my way.  Everyday becomes an inspirational learning opportunity.  Every day I discover something that makes me laugh, smile, think, and explore.  This is one of the gifts I am receiving from my 100 Pedals journey.  And, when I look back at the challenges I experienced over the past eighteen months, I realized there were many opportunities that I simply didn’t take advantage of because I was not open and receptive and alert to the moment.

There are a lot of people who are in a challenging place in their lives.  They may be looking for answers, advice, love or support.  You may be one of them.  What I encourage you to do is increase you awareness of the people, messages, conversations, stories, and quotes that parade in front of you every single day.  There is much more information available to you than you realize. You simply need to be looking in all places, not just the typical places.

“You’ll never find you gold on a sandy beach,

You’ll never drill for oil on a city streets,

I know your’re looking for a ruby in a mountain of rocks,

But, there ain’t no Coupe deVille hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box.”

Where are you looking for your answers?

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.