As i lay on the delivery couch,
pain so intense, all i could do was scream.
It was the fourth hour into the labour for my second child
The doctor said i was almost there..
..all i had to do was push a little harder
And so i did as i was instructed!
I drew strength from the hope of the reward.
In another 30 minutes, i heard her cry!
I looked at the hairless bundle of life through teary eyes..
the pain that seemed unbearable just a while ago, was all gone.
All i could feel was an overwhelming sense of joy,
the taste of sweet triumph as i held my beautiful baby girl in my arms
Now i think back and i wonder how many opportunities i have passed up and what joys i havent had the privilege of tasting simply because i couldnt stand the stress or endure the hard work that preceded them.
Next time the when the pain is worth the gain,
put on your fighting gloves and say 'bring it on'.
In the words of Cecil DeMille, "The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication."