June 10, 2011

Remember the Journey

“You have to remember the journey before you can embrace the celebration.”

It is always important to remember where you started in order to truly appreciated what you have accomplished.  I have stood at many finish lines celebrating the accomplishment of a goal.  None had more meaning or impact on my life than the ones I worked hardest for or learned most from.  The ones that meant the most were the ones I could appreciate and recognize how hard I worked to get there.  And, the ones that I took for granted were those that didn’t seem to require much effort, time, or energy.

Success in our lives does not always require a significant amount of pain, effort or struggle.  In fact, we do some incredible things many days that we don’t realize because we are particularly gifted at them.  For others, accomplishing our daily little things would be someone else’s big goal.  By continually living our passion and our purpose in our lives, we accomplish a lot without ever realizing or appreciating it.

That is why when we go after something big, it is something that pushes our envelope.  It is something that is beyond our normal greatness.  And, it is something that we put a focused effort in accomplishing and achieving.  That is why when we do something worthy of a celebration, it is because that accomplishment is unique, special, and exceptional.  And, in order to really enjoy the celebration, the journey, the experience, and the lesson are all part of the celebration process.

Bottom line – we can only appreciate our accomplishments when we understand the paths we took to get there.  Be mindful of your journey.  Be aware and receptive to the lessons, experiences, and struggles along the way.  Be open to the advice, wisdom, and guidance of others as you progress through life.  When you find yourself at the finish line, celebrating your accomplishment, all those experiences become part of your story and your success formula.  It are those experiences that make the entire effort worth the effort and the outcome.

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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.