I can remember (a little too well) when I went into labor. It was a long, painful process that I had been told about, but not really prepared for. As the baby prepared to come into this world, there were things my body was naturally doing to prepare to propel a little person forward.
In the midst of my labor, my child decided that the world was for chumps, and my womb was the place to be forever. Everything-every contraction, every labor pain just stopped. Just like that, it seemed as though all of the work that I had done for hours on end was for nothing.
As we move towards the actualization of our dreams, sometimes the labor that we have done for days, weeks, months, and even years seems to stop-many times suddenly and without warning. What we do next makes all the difference in our journey.
While I had a labor plan in place that did not include any help from my doctor, I had to make a decision. Was I going to continue to wait on my original plan to work, or was I going to take the resource that was being offered to me to move things along? Weary from long labor, I accepted the help. Initially, I was disappointed in myself that I couldn't make it happen on my own. Almost instantly, however, I began having full-blown contractions that were honestly more painful than before. Having to maintain focus on my desired end result, I moved forward in my labor until my little lamb was resting peacefully in my arms.
Sometimes, we confuse a necessary detour, pause, or change in plan as failure. We lament over what was supposed to be-feeling as if having a little help in our process can somehow take away the fact that we still are the ones putting in the hours of labor. If anything, our willingness to know when to accept help makes our labor sweeter-it shows us that we have made room in our grand plans to reflect on those pivotal moments when our strategy needs a bit of an addendum to actually help us get to the finish line.
Create avenues in your journey for pause. Don't be afraid to accept help from those who have a better perspective of different points on our path. While your labor pains after your detour may initially be more painful than they were when you started, you will be able to propel forward in a way that you may have missed out on had you journeyed alone. Remember, you don't want to be exhausted once you cross the line-do whatever it takes to maintain enough energy to enjoy your final outcome.