July 22, 2013

Planting the Seed of Destiny

Every outcome requires time, effort and energy — the more you invest, the more you appreciate the journey.”

Start - 100PedalsA friend who recently finished my book,”Behind the Dumpster” shared with me a poem that resonated many of the beliefs of my story and experiences.

We sow a thought and reap an act;

We sow an act and reap a habit;

We sow a habit and reap a character;

We sow a character and reap a destiny.

We sow a thought and reap an act:  The only way to harvest our thoughts is to put them into action.  Without action, nothing happens.  Despite our worries, fears, doubts, or hesitations something always comes from this activity. While it may not be what we originally thought it would or could be — we will not know what it was meant to be until we put our thoughts into action.

We sow an act and reap a habit: Outcomes are not realized merely by planting the seed or even watering it once in a while.  Nurturing, developing, and growing any idea requires constant attention.  Every day we take a step forward on our journey, we are creating and sustaining momentum — facilitating the progress necessary to move toward an outcome.  The habits in your action defines how that thought grows and evolves.

We sow a habit and reap a character: Our commitment demonstrates the passion associated to our dream.  As we push forward we will face obstacles, fear, doubt, and adversities.  How we manage these challenges and maintain committed focus teaches us a great deal about ourselves, particularly  our determination and our perseverance in the face of conflict.  As we become more aware of who we are and what we are capable of we develop increased confidence in our ability to define or influence outcomes.

We sow a character and reap a destiny: Our experience, our confidence, our focus and our commitment bring us to our destination. The focused, determined and sustained commitment to our thought takes us to the outcome it was destined to present to us.  We don’t always end up where we intend to; but, we always end up exactly where we are supposed to, provided we stay in the game.

The real story of our thoughts and dreams is the journey we took to get to our outcome.  Our willingness to act, to be diligent and consistent in pursuit of the thought, the lessons of the experience and the journey, all make the outcome and the story powerful and exciting.  If it was easy, uneventful, or quick we will have learned or celebrated little and have no real appreciation for the effort or the experience.  We learn the most when we earn it — and we understand the least when we receive it.

Put your thoughts into action and follow the path to the destiny of that idea.

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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.