June 3, 2013

Grace

“Inside, the strength of simplicity and self-knowledge;  Outside, the beauty of acceptance and gentleness.”

Grace - 100PedalsYesterday, I was off my game.  I simply did not feel like myself.  I was sad, tired, withdrawn, and completely blocked.  I hate feeling that way.  Sundays are usually my rebound day.  I rebound from a relaxing Saturday — recharged, inspired and ready to move forward.  No rebound Sunday yesterday.

Even the I-Ching (above) didn’t bounce me into my normal place.  The message heard at Church only intensified my awareness that I was not on fire like normal.  I hate being in that gap.

Today, I went for a nice bike ride, took another look at the quote, and found a different level of energy and inspiration.  Upon greater reflection, I was able to connect with the source of my internal struggle — I am in conflict with myself.

I have been holding back.  I know it.  The more aware I become, the more I struggle with letting go.  The more I struggle, the greater the conflict.

With all the excitement, energy, and opportunity of 100pedals, I have not been fully, completely, and passionately powerful with it.  100Pedals has the ability to influence, inspire, and change lives in a very exciting and significant way.  The only reason it has not had a larger impact on the lives of others is I have not been willing to let it take off.  I have been holding it back.

Why?

I have held it back because of my internal fears and beliefs.  As I reflected back on this message, the action and the answer for my life are quite clear —

Genuine power and lasting progress comes from inner strength characterized by steadfast devotion to the principles of humility, simplicity, equanimity, and acceptance…relinquish self-important maneuvering.

Instead of concerning myself with how to make 100Pedals and all the very cool, amazing changes in my life important or big, all I need to do is celebrate the powerful impact it has had on me and freely, openly, and passionately share it with everyone I desire to share it with.  Through authenticity, humility and grace the message of 100Pedals will reach the people who desire, need, and are looking for it most.  It will go where it needs to go and be what it is meant to be.

I commit to end the battle.  

I vow to live in open, free, and inspired passion to my experiences and the gifts they have brought to me.  

I will trust the journey, the path, and the outcome as it becomes defined not as I believe I need to define it.  

From here, the journey continues and begins…

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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.