Surrender is a Verb

Mary Welch Official
Age of Awareness
Published in
4 min readMay 25, 2024

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The following is a transcript of the latest episode from my podcast: Love Notes From a Soul Coach. Tune in wherever you like to listen!

Last weekend I was reminded of something I forget too often (and too easily): it’s a mother wound, not a mother scar.

The wound is alive. More open than closed. So much of who I am flows from it. For better and for worse.

Our wounds shape our lives by shaping our beliefs about what is possible vs impossible for us.

Our fears do this too.

One summer we walked around the pond and a snake was sunbathing on one of the rocks, draped upon itself casually, like a sash that had fallen from the silk loops of a bathrobe. There’s nothing I’m more afraid of than snakes. It was shocking to see one out in the open in a crowded spot, where I wouldn’t have expected. I felt betrayed by my own guard. It was down when it needed to be up.

We can never really prepare for our worst fears. Regardless of this, some of us spend the majority of our time in preparation mode. Imagining. Catastrophizing. Bracing. None of it actually helps.

Because sometimes the snake is not hiding in the tall grass. Sometimes it’s unexpectedly, unapologetically enjoying the afternoon sun alongside the rest of us.

Fear follows no rules and hyper vigilance isn’t really the answer when it comes to the randomness of this. Only surrender works.

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Mary Welch Official
Age of Awareness

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