January 23, 2011

Its Not the Fall that Kills You…

Day 24: 30.2 miles/1:48

 “We may have Humpty Dumpty like falls; but, there is nothing in our life experiences that cannot be repaired, fixed, corrected, improved or an opportunity created from it.”

I was feeling particularly low when I started riding today.  I was frustrated from the previous day’s events.  Every time I feel like there is progress being made with Brandon, something seems to derail it.

Then I started to think about 100 Pedals, my commitment, and the real purpose of this commitment – for me to be strong for myself even when Brandon falls down.  So here I am on my bike, fulfilling the commitment I have established for myself.  While on the bike, I thought about how hard we can sometimes fall.  And, it is not the fall that stops us. It is not getting up and moving that does.

Unlike the nursery rhyme about Humpty Dumpty, there is nothing that we cannot survive or learn from.  Even though we may be broken into pieces over an event, an illness, a relationship, a termination, there is a challenge associated with this occurrence.  The challenge is how are we going to respond to it?  What are we going to do to learn from the experience or create an opportunity from it?

As I was riding my bike I started to celebrate my accomplishment of the day.  I am disappointed and hurt by Brandon’s fall, but I didn’t let that interrupt my vision and my mission.  I picked myself up, pushed through, and celebrated a nice long ride.  No matter the obstacle or the failing, there is nothing that cannot be repaired, fixed, corrected, improved, or an opportunity created from it provided you pick yourself up and keep moving forward.

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.