The birth of a child is a profound experience. Rollercoaster emotions, preparation, anticipation and sleepless nights are all part of the process. Finally, life becomes so miserable the expectant mother is ready to do whatever it takes just to be done! Then the doctor places the baby in it's mother's arms and suddenly it was all worth it.
Nothing can be compared to the creation of life. But, I have come to realize that the birth of something new has some similarities. For the last three years we have been working towards creating a business. And in that time we have faced intense challenges of every kind. We have definetly had a rollercoaster of emotions with everything from excitement to fear to complete frustration. We have had financial struggles, extreme weather, loss of calves, adjusting to a new home, weight gain, depression, healing from divorce, adjusting to a combined family and a new marriage and everything in-between. Needless to say there have been plenty of sleepless nights!
But, this has been a monumental week. Our dream finally came to life. And as far as I can tell, it's doing well. But in the midst of celebrating I had a thought that brought me to tears. I hope that in the good times, I never forget the hard times. Don't get me wrong, I'm not under some delusion that the hard times are over. But things do seem to be looking up for the moment, in a lot of ways.
There are two reasons I never want to forget the hard times. First, experiencing the hard somehow makes the good even better. I think that must be some sort of eternal law. The second is what brings the tears. I hope I never forget the hard times because I never want to forget all the people who helped us get through it. As I think over not just the past three years but throughout my life I have countless people to thank. Unfortunately I can never thank them enough. So, I guess the only thing I can do is try to do the same. If our business continues to grow, I hope to use it as a tool to help others, in their hard times. The feeling of helping someone else when you have experienced those same sleepless nights makes the sleepless nights worth it...