May 5, 2014

Leaving the Comfort Zone

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

Outside the Comfort Zone - 100PedalsThis quote comes at the very beginning of an insightful, inspiring blog that hit met me at the exact spot I am living and feeling today.  Though the blog is written by and for recovering addicts, the message resonated with me quite clearly.

I am on a mission — the 2014 Drive N Bike — that is simultaneously a wonderful journey and a terrifying adventure.  There are so many positive components to this trip that it is hard for many to relate to the concerns I have in association with it.  Many of them see the escape and the adventure and wish they could do it.  However, the mission is neither as easy or simple as it seems.

Whenever I share my concerns, worries, and fears with my trusted friends — much of it over the financial risk associated with this trip — I have been encouraged to continue to chase my passion, live in honor of the gift of my experience and live my commitment to supporting and inspiring other parents. All of this is consistent to the entire 100Pedals message, story, and philosophy.

It is difficult to surrender control, live on the edge, and take ourselves to a place where the outcome or end game isn’t clearly defined. The fear of failure or our low tolerance for risk acts as a strong impediment to big adventures.

I am certainly living in the great, vast world of the unknown right now. I am in that situation where I have surrendered complete control of the outcome of this mission to a much higher authority.  I put my trust in my faith as I move forward in complete responsibility and commitment to the mission I have been called to take.  I have learned from previous experience is the outcome of these types of adventures have provided amazing gifts — both along the way and in the end.  However, it is always quite difficult to embrace uncertainties long enough the celebrate and appreciate the full magnitude of the trip.  I have the determination and the faith to stay with this trip despite my worries because I know there will be an incredible outcome.  The test of true trust comes accepting the reality that one will never know when, how or what that outcome will actually manifest itself.  That is where the challenge of living outside the comfort zone exists.

I encourage you to live and embrace the featured author’s philosophy — your life will be amazingly transformed in its adoption…

“Do yourself a favor and step outside of your comfort zone…it’s often the things that scare us the most which are also the most healing for us and for those in our lives. So don’t isolate, but rather, do the opposite. God, please give me the power and willingness to walk through fear, pain and discomfort…”


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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.