Since moving back to Alberta, I have been reminded daily of my previous life here.
One time period that I’ll never forget, is right before and just after our first son was born. Wow, was that a lot of hard work!
My wife, Nicole and I were living in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. I was commuting daily into Calgary, for a full-time sales position within the hospitality industry. I was good at my job, meeting sales targets and receiving bonuses; but the hours were long. My wife was pregnant and our first child could arrive any day.
As if that was not stressful enough, I was doing night classes at Alberta Bible College to finish my degree. The hope was to move into full-time vocational ministry as soon as possible. For the record, I can say with certainty; it is not a good idea to pack all these events into one’s life at the same time.
Never the less, this was the life and I was willing to accept it, in order to reach my goal of full-time ministry.
As March of 2008 was coming to a close, our first son was born. It was an incredible experience, as any Dad would admit. However, my week off with my new son went by way too quickly. Soon enough, I was back in the throes of work and schooling.
The only difference was, the added challenge of limited sleep took a heavier toll than I would have ever anticipated. I was lucky to get 5 hours sleep each night, which always seemed to hold a couple of baby wake-ups. It was a lot tougher getting up and out the door for that daily commute after my son was on the scene.
My co-workers started to notice the fatigue of work, school and baby on my face. I dragged into work each day. Coffee seemed to have no affect on my general disposition. Within a couple of weeks of our son being born, I remember waking up at my desk in the sales office, drooling on my keyboard.
As I lifted my head, wiping the saliva from my cheek, I turned to see if anyone had noticed my on-the-clock nap. Sure enough, our Director of Sales was looking right at me and remarked with a grin, “Good morning!” She laughed and said that the General Manager wasn’t in that day; so they decided to let me sleep.
It was kind of them, but I now had two and half hours of work to catch up on. I called Nicole and told her I’d be coming home late. When the same situation took place the following week, I had to make a change!
Thankfully, my amazing wife graciously allowed me to move into the guest room during work days. This way, I could at least get my 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep before heading out the door in the morning.
This was definitely an exhausting time in my life. However, to anyone who is currently in this type of situation; take heart and stay the course. I promise that it is well worth the hard work!
Why is it important to embrace hard work to achieve your goals?