February 17, 2011

The Unplanned Journey

Day 48: 25.2 miles/1:27

 “I am certain this is not the trip I signed up for; however, I must trust that this journey is my destiny and I need to learn from my experiences and use my talents and gifts to share my story.”

On today’s ride I was thinking about the personal and professional challenges I have dealt with this year.  And, I was reflecting on my life as it is and how I envisioned it would be, or should be.  I think there are a lot of people today who have the same thoughts.  The experiences of the last twenty four months have transformed a lot of lives.  There are many people in this world who are going through something in their life that they never expected, anticipated, envisioned or planned for.  In fact, the journey they are on is nowhere near what they signed up for.  I am there, too.

The journey we are on is our journey.  It is the one that has been designed for us.  No matter how painful, frustrating, challenging, and disruptive it is this is our life as it was designed.  Through this struggle, through my struggle, I am trusting that this journey has an ending and I will be better off for it.  Along the way, I am learning, listening, discovering and sharing the joys, the trials, and the lessons.  For this is how our journey will be the experience it is meant to be.  We need to be receptive to the opportunity to find new strength, new lessons, and new capabilities in ourselves as we travel on this path.  There is no way off this course, for it is our course.  There is only the opportunity to absorb the experiences of this trip so we can use its knowledge and its teachings for the betterment of ourselves and others.

The past two days I experienced some setbacks that two months ago would have knocked me off my positive course.  However, the focus and commitment to 100 Pedals and to embracing the lessons and the purpose that my journey offers me, I am able to keep moving and celebrate my little accomplishments along the way.  I do not find everything I am going through as fun, easy, simple or peaceful; however, my faith in the trip that has been designed for my life is leading me down this path.  The more I am tested and challenged, the more I learn about myself and my capabilities to grow and develop.

This journey is a gift.  It is not what I planned on.  I do not always enjoy the painful lessons I am being taught.  However, I am committed to keeping moving, to absorb life’s lessons, and use my talents and gifts to share with others what I am learning along the way.  My hope is that for those who are in the same place, they will discover their strength and capabilities to learn from and sharing their experiences on an unusual and unplanned trip.

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.