February 23, 2015

You are the Light

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~ Edith Wharton

you are the light - 100PedalsThe lessons, experiences, and outcomes associated with my son’s addiction has been a long, difficult journey. Sometimes it seems I cannot take another step, fight another battle, or endure another challenge. Then I realize if I quit, how I can I declare victory?

More importantly, if I give up and surrender, what happens to those who draw their inspiration, courage, strength from me?

Whether you realize it or not, there is always someone, somewhere looking to you for hope, love and instruction.  You may not see them, you may not hear from them, you may not even know how important you are to them; but, they are out there.

We are all being challenged, tested, pushed, and strained in many different and unique ways.  Even though going forward is difficult, finding peace in the chaos is nearly impossible, and sustaining the effort is almost too much, we must persevere and endure.

You don’t know who you are inspiring or teaching.

You don’t know how close you are to a break through.

You don’t know the lesson you are about to learn and share through this difficult time.

Quitting, stopping, surrendering ends the journey before the gift can be delivered and received.

After all you have been through, how can you give up before the gift in the journey is revealed you?

Whatever you are going through, trust there is a blessing in it, a lesson from it, and a gift that will change you forever.

Find the courage to move forward and sustain your momentum, as slow as it may seem some days.

Look for every opportunity to be encouraged, to learn, to listen, and to celebrate progress. They are out there!

Remember, you are the light.  Whether you are here to learn, to teach, or to inspire, your journey has a purpose.

Stay with it in trust, hope and faith.  Peace!

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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.