April 24, 2013

Removing the Obstacles

Managing Adversity - 100PedalsOn Sunday I started a new 100Pedals 100Day Challenge.  My current challenge is to “consult” the I Ching or “Book of Changes.”  I started thumbing through this book and found the inspirational perspectives resonate with much of how I live, think, and feel.  There are great insights for living in this book and I find freshness of these inspirations most enjoyable.  Upon occasion, I will share my daily inspirations.  Today, is one of those days.

Wednesday, April 24:  7. SHIH/THE ARMY and .59 HuAN/DISPERION

“In times of war it is desirable to be led by a cautious and humane general.”

In the face of adversity, how we prepare, who leads us, and how we conduct ourselves defines the outcome.  Discipline, perseverance, and balance are key references.  Putting inferior emotions under the guidance of superior emotions help achieve peace and detachment from the situation.

 “Disperse hard attitudes with gentleness.”

When we find ourselves in a negative state our attitudes have a tendency to be structured and inflexible.  Finding that place of peace opens our mind and enables us to be more flexible and receptive. 

The 100Pedals View:

In the face of adversity, trust the path you are on.  Be at peace with the obstacle in front of you.  Have faith and confidence that you will find your way through it.  Have the discipline to keep moving.  Be open, receptive to and aware of opportunities that present themselves to help you work through or go around the obstacles in your adverse moments.

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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.