March 26, 2011

How Many Crayons Do You Choose From?

Day 85: 21.9 miles/1:16

The realm of possibilities is defined by the limitations you assign to them.”  

I remember shopping for school supplies when I was in elementary school.  When it came time to buy a box of crayons my imagination took me right to the big box of 128 colors.  I could easily envision all the possibilities of having access to all the colors like gold and copper and sky blue!  Of course, practical mom limited my crayon selection to the box of 24.  What a bummer!  Every time I pulled that box of crayons out I resented the limitations it placed on my ability to use all kinds of crazy colors.

Limiting our color selection is what a lot of people do when they start to think about the possibilities for change and success in their life.  Instead of opening themselves up to the big box with all those colors, they start to limit their thought saying, “I can’t do that”, “I tried that once before”, or “that will never work.”  Next thing you know, the choices and the options for creating something exciting in their life have been limited to a very practical, safe, and dull set of options.

We have the ability to accomplish just about anything we define for our lives provided we allow ourselves to go there.  Past experiences, preconceived limitations, and risk avoidance will not enable us to move to exciting places.  The opportunities for our lives are like a big beautiful box of crayons – there are a lot of choices, selections, paths, and stories to be told.  The trick is to allow ourselves the courage and the creativity to let our imagination wander as we define and clarify our dreams and our goals.

This is not the time to be practical; this is the time to go for it and discover the potential for your passion and your purpose.  Put as many colors to work in your life, draw yourself a really cool picture, and then make it happen!

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.