January 13, 2014

What are you giving today?

“Anything we desire takes time, effort, energy, patience, consistency, and focus.  Whatever activity required to get there must also include and reflect your commitment to making someone else’s life better as a result of the effort.”

Giving 2014 - 100PedalsI have only one opportunity in this life — to be the person that I have been called to be.  I cannot measure my life’s activities by what I desire to accomplish so that I can be honored or praised.  All that I desire — what drives me — is to live my life in honor, gratitude, and love for the gifts I have been given and for the opportunity provided for me to share and use these gifts as a resource to others.

  • When I focus on what I want, I get lost and frustrated by the outcome.
  • When I make a list of what I desire, I find myself falling short or merely wanting more.
  • When I ignore those searching for peace, joy or happiness, all I find is greater discontent in my life.
  • When I live in fear of loss or forfeiture, I find myself stuck while protecting those things that are holding me back.

This has been a huge transformation.  Getting to this point has been very difficult and challenging.  It is not easy to make a commitment that the most important person in the world is not me, but the person who is standing in front of me and looking for what I have to offer.

People looking for what we have to offer come into our lives every single day — sometimes many times a day.  The problem is that many of us, me included, are so focused on what we want, what we desire, what we need, what we love, what we hate, what makes us comfortable that we cannot see the opportunity being our awesome selves offers us and others.  Our accomplishments will not be measured by the monuments we build as a testament to our greatness, it will be defined by who we inspired, helped, guided, loved, educated and supported on our journey.  Pursuit of the former only prevents celebration of the latter.

I am committed to bringing love and positive energy into this world on a daily basis.  I am committed to:

  • judging less and understanding more 
  • disrespecting no one and listening their story
  • giving of myself first before I seek to obtain anything
  • loving my neighbor even if he cannot or will not ever love me

There is peace in this commitment because it leaves me longing for nothing and offering everything.  What are you willing to give?


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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.