Prepare Yourself for Greatness


Chelsey is off on her annual summer travels (see here)! After a few days eating po’boys and beignets in New Orleans, she’s now in Austin visiting her family. For the next few weeks, she’ll be swimming in lakes, listening to live music, exploring Hill Country and watching movies with her dad on Friday nights.

The quote below is the silent prayer author Latham Thomas said to her unborn son, when she found out she was pregnant. She shares this prayer in her book, Mama Glow, a wonderful resource for women interested in having a beautiful pregnancy and birth. It served me well before, during and now, after my pregnancy.

“Little being of light, I don’t know who you are and what you will be in this world but what I know is that you chose me. I don’t feel ready but I promise that I will ready myself for your greatness.” – Latham Thomas

My pregnancy was a surprise to my husband and I, and I was scared. No way around it. Fear seems to be my initial reaction to everything that is life-changing and amazing. (see war of art)

Chelsey can tell you. One night shortly after I found out I was pregnant, I went to her house and just cried and cried on her bed. I felt totally incompetent. I wasn’t ready. The gravity of what it meant to be a mother, what it meant to be responsible for a little soul coming into this perfectly imperfect world overwhelmed me. Then I remembered the sentiment above, the importance of readying yourself for greatness, and I felt calm.

There is something incredibly liberating to letting go of your ego in the service of something bigger than yourself. It is the small (but mighty) fear voice that says you are not capable of your dreams; starting that business, ending that relationship, or becoming a mother. You don’t have to have all the answers, you don’t have to know how each detail will unfold, all you need is the intention. In everything that we do, if we can just surrender to life, life will take care of the details. 

Where can you ready yourself for the greatness that is your life?


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