Do it Again
We’ve written a lot about women charting through different fertility problems or those who may have more difficult cases. It’s exciting to figure out answers, to finally find healing, we all long for. It can take some time to get there, but is entirely rewarding all the same.
But what about after you have some of the answers you've been looking for, have started to heal and your charting doesn't need the close management it needed at the beginning of your journey? You keep to the same observational routine and charting “at the end of the day, every day, the most fertile sign of the day” (a mantra that most clients can probably repeat in their sleep) and the seemingly ordinary routine this can create.
Creighton has a high effectiveness rate for achieving and avoiding pregnancies, as well as the incredible capacity to help with medical and GYN issues. Once the newness of it has worn off, however, we’re tempted to throw away the seemingly mundaneness of charting every day and the observations necessary to have accurate charting. Even if day to day nothing seems to change, taking the long view and looking at many cycles of charting, you can see the progress that’s been made, the stability that seems to remain, or what still needs to be worked through. It provides an invaluable medical and reproductive history and a wealth of information to women and couples.
So what should you do if you're feeling complacency creep in? Simply put, keep charting. Faithfulness to the process is always fruitful. Find ways to enjoy the process. Maybe it’s enjoying newfound freedom with your fertility, maybe it’s the hope to be found, at some points charting is going to look up. Or maybe it’s the hope someday in the future your perseverance will lead to something positive and extraordinary.
As GK Chesterton writes:
“[Children] always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them.”
Find the newness in your day to day charting; persevere, even when nothing new is happening. There is goodness and beauty in it always!