I have been really missing my blog these days. I am not the fastest writer and while there area often LOTS of things I want to say, share, discuss sometimes in the midst of my life I loose track of time and unfortunately my blog is one of the first things to get neglected. Sometimes, I am reminded of a post, of something I said via twitter, or facebook and it brings a smile to my face knowing that something I have written can serve some one else. These comments also help remind me of the life lessons that I am still trying to learn on this wonderful journey. Yesterday this happened. I saw a tweet that kinda tagged me but it definitley quoted me. I smiled and thought WOW… thats from a post I wrote over a year and a half ago. I decided to read this post this morning and I promise you… the things that have been going on in my life the past two weeks… I needed to hear this and be reminded of my personal power. Thank you @MamaPrana for reminding me of this by sharing my own words.
Today I share this post again. I hope it gives you some motivation to move foward and onward to Birth Something Beautiful in your day, in your week, in your life and in your world.
“It is YOUR body and only you know what you can handle.”
Hmmmmmm…. ??? That quote is a status update I placed on the Your Birth Right facebook fan page Monday evening. (FYI… the YBR fan page no longer exist but you can go “Like” Sista Midwife Productions) It was initially written by a fan/reader who mentioned that while she supports women who want a natural birth she had a very satisfying birthing experience with an epidural. She said, (and I agree with her) that every woman has to choose the experience that is best for them based on the information they have. She ended her post by saying “It is YOUR body and only you know what you can handle.”
Initially I was like…. “YES,” however when I woke up the next morning I re-evaluated that phrase and realized in actuality, we often DON”T know what we can handle until we are faced with the situation, or the challenge.
Monday night, after using that statement for a status update, I watched some coverage of the Haiti tragedy. While watching, I saw a story about a women, who had been trapped SEVEN days beneath rubble, without food or water. SEVEN days!!! On day seven she was rescued and as she was pulled from the rubble to safety she smiled, she cried, and she sang LOUDLY songs of praise!! After a brief examination she was sitting upright in a truck with rescue workers and her husband riding along to a safer place. She was smiling the entire time and unless you had seen the rescue yourself, you would not have believed she was a woman who was trapped for seven days!!! It was remarkable to say the least.
Who among us, if asked, would say: “Yes, ABSOLUTELY I could survive SEVEN days after an earthquake trapped beneath unmovable rubble, without food or water and with rescue nowhere in sight” Yea… right. How much strength, faith, fortitude, and power did this woman have? LIMITLESS…. Did she know she had this amount of strength and power prior to her personal experience? Probably not.
So when I woke up Tuesday morning, I reexamined that quote… “It is YOUR body and only you know what you can handle.” Hmmmmmm??? Yes… It is YOUR body….. but I am reminded through the struggle and power of that Haitian Woman, and in fact all of the Haitian people struggling for survival…. NO we often DON’T know what we can handle. We have no idea how strong we are. We are so much stronger than we know and much stronger than we may ever realize.
In birth as in life, when we are faced with a challenge, with an opportunity, with a situation that on another day, we may have thought we were too weak to handle… when we are actually put into the extraordinary situation, by Devine Design we have the power to face the music and create a melody never heard before. We make it happen because we are so much stronger than many of us have ever imagined and we can handle much more than we know.
Through the years, I have heard about and read countless stories of unbelievable strength and courage. Through my involvement in birth I have personally witnessed the shift to empowerment many times in many women, who doubted their ability to handle labor. So on second thought, I would have to say… NO, we don’t really know what we can handle.
When I was a little girl, my mother had a great tote bag that said “Never underestimate the power of a woman!” I loved it and the older I got the more I “got it” and so today I say… “
Never underestimate the power of a woman AND never underestimate the power of YOU!!”
NOW… go forth and Birth Something Beautiful™
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