I know this because I have a three-month old and I’m trying to blog while he sleeps. There used to be this game when I was growing up called “Don’t Wake Daddy.”
I never had this game, but in the commercials if you woke Daddy up, the plastic figure in the middle of the board, which had been sleeping supine in bed, would sit straight up. I think alarm bells even went off. I always think of this game because whenever I put Raynor down to sleep, unless I’m sleeping with him, he’ll be up in 5 minutes or so. Vanilla can get him to stay sleeping for 30 minutes but with me, I live in fear of hearing the little cry or seeing a slight movement that I know will turn into a sleepy but awake, angry infant (FYI: the real trick to get a baby to fall asleep and stay asleep is to be a high witch or warlock with your sleep spell in good form).
No, this post is about promises, creativity, tests and even the universe.
When you make a promise, you are representing yourself. More specifically, you are repreenting youreself to the universe (more on that later). Remember: your word should be your bond.
Sometimes you have to be creative in order to keep the promise you made, and to honor your word. You are only as good as your word. After trying eleventeen times to put Raynor down and having him wake up shortly thereafter, I was ready to give in and just sleep with him. I felt bad that he kept waking up – he needs quality sleep. But I wanted to keep my 30-day challenge to blog once a day so…I have figured out a way of holding Raynor but still having two hands free to type. Probably because I am a sorceress and used a “hold baby” potion on him though.
No one said keeping your word would always be easy. This applies to the simple, everyday representations we make to each other (“I’ll be home at 7” or “I’ll see you at the potluck this weekend”) to the most important commitments we make in our lives (“till death do us part”). Rightly or wrongly, I think of challenges to our ability to keep our word as tests. It’s important to pass these tests because the end result is worth it. I’ll explain why.
This is what I’ve learned: what you put out in the universe – your thoughts, words and actions – the universe will respond accordingly. If you can’t keep your word, don’t be surprised if this lack of commitment from others or even from yourself shows up elsewhere in your life. If you fail in your commitments regularly, how do you expect to succeed in your commitment to your goals in life? Everything is interconnected and the universe is just a reflection of you and your thoughts, words and actions. For example, if you keep thinking about how your baby is going to wake up, you will source this result. Even as I typed that last sentence Raynor stirred slightly and let out a small cry of protest.
Like it or not, this is the law of the universe. It is in place and affects all of us, even if you don’t believe in it. Just because you don’t believe in the law of gravity doesn’t mean you’re exempt from it. In the same sense, you can’t opt out of this.
Well, that was a totally different post I had initially imagined. Actually, I didn’t even have anything in mind. I just know I was so close in giving up blogging today because my baby wouldn’t sleep. With a little creativity and perseverance, I completed Day 7 of the 30 day challenge AND I have a sleeping baby in my arms. All too often I use my baby as an excuse to not do something I want to do.
What are your excuses?