It was 3 in the morning. The baby would not stop crying. It had been an hour of this and I was done. I was drained of energy and ideas on what to do next. I knew it was going to be another long day with little sleep. I was on the verge of tears, helpless and exhausted.
Parenthood is tiring. But like any of life’s challenges it stretches us past the point of comfort, beyond what we imagined we were capable of.
Hidden in that moment of pure pain and hardship is an unlikely gift. When we’re ready to collapse in the waterfall of our tears, we’re ready to surrender. Surrendering to a moment that is imperfect, a far cry from what we’d wish for ourselves, challenges us to react courageously. It’s in that moment when we say, “Why? Why does this have to happen to me?” that we’re also on the verge of a breaking point.
Whether it’s parenthood, mental or physical illness or burnout, life is waiting for you to rise to the occasion. The experience of fatigue, fear and powerlessness, does not feel like a courageous moment. There are no trophies, awards or ceremonious applause for enduring it. But for those who encounter an obstacle and choose to be there in it, be proud of yourself for the quiet victory of meeting a difficult moment with pure presence.
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