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Friday, November 23, 2007


With all of my labors, I have experienced some point where I have said "I can't do this any more". I am quite literally completely exhausted both physically and emotionally. But at that point there is nothing to do but go on. I can not run away or reverse what has happened. My body is spent and yet I 'm still moving on.

As I now sit here thinking about this, other scenes flash through my mind. Sleepless nights, fights and tears, frustrations, and worries. At many other points in my life, I have reached the same crossroads. Like standing on a railroad track with the train coming on life is rushing, rushing ever pressing forward. And I feel the same fear..."I can't do this any more".

But...I do. Amazingly enough, I do. It is hard. It is scary. If seems unfair. But at the end, there is life.

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Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?

  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
  • One woman may learn to fly an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of geese into America teaching them to migrate. This experience could certainly be empowering and life altering.