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Late Night Lesson

Something really cool happened to me a couple of nights ago.  It was one of those times in my life where I realized that I was being taught a great lesson, even though the essence of the actual moment was very simple.

As it sometimes works out in my house, I happened to be up late one night writing.  My little girl was in my bed for the night.  The kids pull the ol’ switcheroo sometimes, so my son was already sawing Zzz’s with my wife in one of the kid’s rooms…both of our children are still young enough to get away with this, and to be honest, we love it!

Anyway, as it turned out, my daughter just couldn’t sleep…she was tossing and turning and having one of those nights.  I decided that I should go lie down with her, so I put my notes in a neat pile and shut down the computer for the evening.  It was late, for sure, and she had school the next day.

I told her that she really needed to get some sleep, and I took my place next to her.  The desert moon and stars were coming through the window to provide our night light.  I put my hand on her head and she told me that she loved me.  It was fantastic.  Just then, I started to think about how much I love my kids.  I was picturing all of the fun we had that day, and was imagining that I would do anything within my power and with whatever resources I had to make sure their lives were as awesome as possible.

I was only lost in this train of thought for about three minutes when I noticed that my little one was fast asleep.   She was stone-cold snoozing!

As wound up and restless as she had been only minutes before, she was now totally peaceful.  She knew that I was there and that everything was going to be fine; I loved her and was going to keep her safe and this allowed her to drift into sleep without a care in the world.

And that’s when the lesson hit me…

Our lives would be so much more awesome and fulfilling if we surrendered to the fact that we are loved, protected, cared for and guided by a much Higher Power.  Something bigger than us and stronger than us, that is there with us all of the time.  This would allow us to eliminate our worry and stress and become free to live, love and laugh in the present moment, reaping all of life’s abundant blessings!

So there I was, literally witnessing the “peace that passes all understanding” in action.  The freedom to just go to sleep.

I kept thinking of how we have the freedom to do whatever we want when we are awake as well.  The only limitations in our lives are the ones that we choose to accept.  Otherwise, we can do anything or be anything.  The worry and the stress and the inability to focus all come from allowing the outer circumstances to dictate our lives.  We only lose touch with the present moment to the degree that we allow worry to cloud our awareness.  And worry is nothing more than a time wasting killer.  It’s brother, stress, is a mind numbing beast.  Letting go and being confident that we are existing within the framework of a kind and abundant Universe is the first step toward finding peace.  Understanding that God is there in all that we are and in all that we do moves us toward true happiness.

Now my mind was fully engaged…I remembered a time years ago when I saw a little boy being pushed down the sidewalk in a stroller.  Kids playing and yelling, dogs barking, cars driving by, and all of the other noise and distraction that exist in the family neighborhood on a Saturday morning.  And there he was….out cold!  He didn’t have a worry or a care.  His mom and dad were in charge, and so he chose to just pack it in and head to dreamland.  I remember thinking at the time that it was really cool that a kid could be so safe and so free that he could just call nap time while rolling large down the block.

And then somewhere in the night, I drifted off as well.

Next thing I knew, I was waking to the sounds of the morning chaos that passes all understanding.  But, I wasn’t frazzled.  Not at all…

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4 Responses to “Late Night Lesson”

  1. avatar Chary says:

    Dear Mike,

    I have been reading your articles for a few months and I love them.

    You really inspire us each week and you have helped me to confirm that love and happiness depend only on each one of us.

    God bless you…

    Best regards from Mexico City

    Chary 🙂

  2. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Wow, Chary, that is really great to hear. Thanks so much for your kind words.

    I am truly thankful that you find inspiration here!


  3. avatar Rob says:

    Hey Mike,

    Good read. Sometimes all it takes to calm everything down is a good nap. Then we wake up and everything’s OK.

    It’s very comforting to know that there is someone who’s looking after us. It’s really a care-free feeling.

    More power to you!


  4. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Rob –

    Thanks for your comments.

    It’s comforting for sure! And yes, a nap is almost always a good thing…even the adult variety.

    Take care

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