Over time, I have often thought of and used the analogy of pregnancy in my journey.
After giving birth to two children, one – au natural and the other with the help of that darn epidural, I have often compared the childbirth experiences with both children. Now, of course I love both of my kids – but I have to say the one that was delivered naturally offered the most opportunity to live in the moment. Dealing with numbing pain, testing my strengths, overcoming pain thresholds, and challenging my weaknesses to ultimately bring forth life – allowed me to see myself, partner, family and world in a totally different way. Let’s put it this way, if I ever underestimated the power of mother nature or the universe and my own potential – after I gave birth, I doubted NO MORE. This is why I often say “Careful what you ask, the UNIVERSE will deliver”
Comparatively, when we become pregnant with ideas, visions, business plans – we must nourish the dream, carry it for a period of time and finally give birth to it. The thing is, many people may never see the full potential of their dreams/pregnancy because some where along the line they choose to terminate. Now, don’t get me wrong – I am certainly not one to tell folks what they should do when confronted with a “pregnant pause” – because ultimately, they will have to deal with their decision – and in this way I am certainly Pro-Choice. I am however, a strong advocate of thinking through the entire process, strategically making decisions and being prepared so that when a pregnancy occurs, you can be in a place (mentally, spiritually, physically, financially) to consider bringing a pregnancy to term.
As an entrepreneur, I am surrounded by a number of innovative thinkers that are talented and are pregnant with any number of ideas. They face daily challenges, struggles, barriers and of course successes. As they travel their individual paths, everyday they are forced to examine their ideas and assess the viability of the life transforming ideas they nurture within.
For some, conception to birth may take 9 hours, 9 days, 9 months or 9 years – but for those that are pragmatic, committed and passionate about the life they have inside, like me, they will find that “natural child-birth” can be a wonderful experience, labor pains and all!
In summation, I’d say that it is tempting to take the “epidural” and the easy way out. It makes the pain less, but please remember that as hard as it might be, the old saying “no pain, no gain” is really valid. Overcoming the pain is what allows us to discover our own strengths and ultimately appreciate our Successes – If we make our choices carefully, and not numb our apparent pain during the struggle – that idea, child, moment or experience – might just be our most transformative…
So, what are you PREGNANT WITH?
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