Our youngest child, barely more than a year old, had other plans. In the beginning, it wasn’t a big deal. Eventually tho we truly did become tired. We tried rocking her, but she turned into this mythological banshee, screaming at the top of her lungs. Nursing would solve the problem for a few minutes but the second I unlatched her, her little eyes would pop right open and she was good to go for another round of play. We tried, tho somewhat silly, explaining that mommy and daddy are tired and it’s time to rest. Obviously rationalizing with our infant failed.
As the clock ticked away and our eyelids became heavy, our patience wore thin. We are tired, the big kids will be up soon, “you go to bed, I got this”. We started worrying about tomorrow and making it through the next day without the rest we need. We started complaining about how awful it is that she isn’t asleep yet. Which of course made the situation worse. Again we tried to get our little ball of mischief to lay down. Instead she started jumping on our bed and waving to herself in the mirror. She was so cute and we laughed for a second. This is the point where our minds started to shift. We started talking about how little she used to be. Sweet little memories of the tiny human we brought into the world. We looked at how much bigger she is now and remembered, it won’t be this way forever. Instead of complaining, we decided to embrace the moment at hand because when it’s gone we will miss it. We got outta bed, again. This time we made cups of chamomile tea, and indulged in our daughters laughter.
Wouldn’t you know that within the next half hour we accomplished what we had been fighting for all night, our angel drifted off to dreamland. When we completely surrendered to the moment in front of us, without complaint, the results we were striving for manifested almost immediately. That’s true of any trial in life, resistance makes you weary. Fighting against anything only leads to more aggravation. How many times have you said to yourself “I keep trying but it just isn’t working”. Are there days where you just feel like you fought tooth and nail, to accomplish nothing and felt completely burnt out at the end of it. I know I’ve had plenty of those times. But in the wee hours of the morning, I was truly taught the power of surrendering. When you fully embrace what is before you, you are ready to receive what you are asking for.
Katie Kephart is a wife, mother of 6, author, and a work from home entrepreneur. She's survived many major challenges in her life and has overcome great things. She is now committing herself to sharing her story and lessons with the world and we feel blessed and priviledged to have her as a valued author within our midst.
You can follow Katie on Facebook Here and Visit Her Primary Blog, where she shares her story in a compeling and thought-provokingly gripping way Here