April 8, 2011

How You Live Your Life

Day 98: 27.3 miles/1:33

“You don’t get to choose how you are going to die, or when. You can only decide how you are going to live — now!” – Joan Baez

We have all heard the phrase, life is too short.  It is not too short if you are making the most of the moments you have.  It is too short if you spend too much time deciding to enjoy and celebrate the gifts you have been given.  We do not have control over everything in our lives; but, we do have control over how we chose to live our life.  The best thing we can as it relates to our lives is to make the most of every moment because we really do not know how many moments we will get.

A leadership development friend of mine, David Chinsky, has a very special story.  Having spent much of his professional career in executive level management roles, he often thought about what he would do once he decided to break away from running businesses for other people.  Whenever he got to the point of taking action, he always delayed the next step thinking that “one day he would, but not today – maybe tomorrow.”  Then on 9/11 he had is awakening.  That is when David realized that several thousand people didn’t get their tomorrow.  In honor and commitment to those that didn’t get another tomorrow David decided it was time to live the life that he had been delaying and started his leadership development business.  He decided the time had come to live his life –now!

Life presents us with many choices and opportunities.  There is very little that stands in the way of us choosing to be happy, to share our gifts, to celebrate the opportunities that life presents us, to improve our lives, or to engage in a healthier lifestyle –the only person standing in our way is you.  We have all been given a wonderful gift that is a unique opportunity for us to share and celebrate with others.  Whether we choose to use it and share it is up to us.  However, we do not know when we lose that opportunity for that is not up to us.  Take advantage of the time you have been given to enjoy and share all you have to offer.  Those around you will benefit the most and your life will be enriched because of it.

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.