January 28, 2011

Telling Your Story

Day 28: 18.5 miles/1:10

“We all have a story to tell.  The most amazing stories are from those who pushed through and discovered the path that fulfilled their promise.”

Everyone is on a journey.  Just as our gifts, talents, and personalities are unique, so too is each of our journeys.  Along the way we are all going to experience challenges, obstacles, plus the pain and frustration of things not moving fast enough.   How we respond to adversity and overcome those learning experiences that are provided to us on our journey is what makes our story unique.

One of the sayings that used to drive me crazy was “If it was easy, anybody could do it.”  It’s true.  Life is not easy.  Life is work.  Fulfilling the promise for our lives requires an intense, persistent, and committed focus.  And there are days when simply focusing seems and feels impossible.  But, that is what makes our story unique.

While on my bike ride this morning I was thinking about the difference between a great story and just any story.  There are a lot of stories or people who almost made it, quit, gave up, or compromised the dreams.  We see and hear those stories all the time.  There is nothing unique about that.  Those are easy stories.  Anybody can do a story about almost, if only and I tried.

The amazing stories are those told by people who made a commitment to change their life or drive through adversity or left it all behind simply because they were determined to fulfill their promise.  To be the person that they knew they were destined to be.  Those are the stories that resonate as awesome.

You have a story to tell.  You have been blessed with gifts, talents, abilities, and opportunities unique to you.   How that story is told is entirely up to you and your commitment to fulfilling your promise.

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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.