Sunday, 7 March 2010
sleepless life and happiness
Mrs. Yong is a woman, wife, and mother that is an admirable and beloved role model for me. She has two sweet and fun children, Miah and Ellie (Jeremiah and Eliana), and gave birth to baby Bethan a month ago. We went to see her in the hospital (though I didn't take this photo) and I've gotten to hold little Bethan several times since. Isn't it painfully beautiful to hold a newborn?
This Friday I stood with Mrs. Yong and Mrs. Brikho, a new mother, as they spoke of newborns and night feeding and sleep, and heard Mrs. Yong say 'it's so much easier once I've given up my right to sleep.'
This was so striking, but isn't it true? I've been thinking about that a lot this week, and wondering what it would be like for every area of life to be lived without a feeling of entitlement (and wanting and praying for that). Perhaps hard things don't have to hurt so much if you aren't caring what you get or don't get out of it, or how it inconveniences you and displaces your own desires. That sounds like selflessness, cheerfully, which is what I want to live out, in my own home and now.