So, Zoey stirred at 1am looking for some milk, and Sherrie was running a fever. And now.. I can't seem to sleep.. ho hum, might as well make the best of it.
Typically 6 years ago I might've worked myself up to a panic (fever is never fun), forced myself back to sleep (and gotten a headache) and woke up feeling like my night was ruined (not a good way to start the day). But now, as I sit here facing the computer, I feel...CALM.
1. Focusing on what is really happening in the moment helped me stay calm, and not panic. Instead of thinking about how bad the fever was and whether she would need to see the doctor (and all the other following thoughts), I just focused on getting her what she needed: some water, sponging, a little biscuit & medicine. And for the little one, milk.
2. Forcing myself to sleep will end up in a vicious cycle of frustration (why cannot sleep??) and fatigue (please, eyelid close!). So.. instead of fighting it, just accept the situation & make the best of it... it is rather peaceful at 2.34AM.
3. There is a brief space between your thoughts and reaction where you can actually make a choice of what you want to do and how you want to feel. In this space tonight, I choose LOVE - to take care of my girls' needs. And if I do wake up on the wrong side of the bed tomorrow... well at least I know it was for a good reason.