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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Working Mom Blues and The Sleep Deprived Philosopher

Sleep was what i was supposed to be doing, but i never seem to have gotten around to it.... On the way home from work I couldn't help but put up some fliers for our next "Extreme Chicks Hike". After that, I did manage to get home and get some sleep but it was short lived. I smelled something cooking and decided to get up and investigate. Turns out our Archer had gotten desperate and made a big pan of rice. They were all eating it with milk and sugar. Ugh! That didn't seem all that appealing. Soon I was cooking something for myself. After that I was messing around with the baby. Then I didn't want to go back to bed because the eldest three were getting ready to take off on their next adventure. I didn't want to miss my last opportunity to see them for the day. Soon i was re-connecting with my husband and then I was taking Super Catman for a quick dunk in the lake. After that I was getting ready to go. Sleep just didn't fit in anywhere to that equation, though i did harbor admirable intentions.
Working as an Emergency Room RN and Hospital Supervisor, you have a small advantage in seeing many many stages of life. The longer i live, the more i see it as such a precious gift. Not even an hour can be squandered. That hour can make all the difference between a regret and a lasting good memory. Not to say we should be afraid of whats to come, that would be a waste too. No, we have to enjoy each precious moment we're here together with those we care about. We need to savor it as if it is a personal gift from our Creator, because, after all, it is. There is no "right" to celebrate tomorrow with our family. Tomorrow comes and children are grown. Diseases take their toll. Lovers part into eternity as death temporarily triumphs over lifetime unions. In all these things, we have little reign. What we do have is the scant whisper of today with which to embrace. Then its gone...... Forever gone. May we fully appreciate and savor what we have today. Somebody stop to honor our Creator with a hearty "Thank You".
In saying all that, i suppose my lack of sleep and stormy emotions can be justified with knowing that i lived yesterday to its fullest potential...... There is always sleep tomorrow.

6 comments:

Eric and Hannah Avery said...

Beautifully said!

Becky said...

Yes, I agree, life is a precious gift. We are blessed with the opportunity to accept Jesus as our Savior. A life given into His hands is not wasted. It is the best way to not waste what we have been given.

Mr. Stupid said...

This was a great post. I agree with Becky. Well said...

Mar said...

I just had to tell you that your paragraph about being in the moment really hit home with me. I'm in my 70's and I can back you up on all your words. After reading them I said a Thank You prayer for you and the time you took to put down your thoughts. Really you are a blessing to me. Mar

baili said...

amazingly beautiful dear you are blessed to understand it ,i wish you can sleep as much your body and mind need cause i know sleeping less makes our awakens so sleepy ,

outdoor.mom said...

you guys are so encouraging :-) thanks so much for your comments. they are awesome!! amen becky and mr stupid :-)