Poetry Slams and Rethinking the Imposter Syndrome


Photo: Met Museum….after dark!

Yes. I have a book club. Well if you want to call it that. About two years ago we started branching out to events. It started with the Museum Hack, with the very original Nick Gray. Then we made scarves at a workshop with Of A Kind and made ourselves at home at Queen of The Night. Sometimes we discuss topical articles (The Wife Bonus kerfuffle). And sometimes we actually read books…from Anna Karinina to Gone Girl of course. Last week we had a “Poetry Slam” — or our version of it. Each of us brought a poem — or song lyric or inspirational piece of writing — to recite and talk about what it meant to us. We ended up having more fun and interesting conversations that any (or many) of our book discussions. Sharing a few of the poems in all their 40:20 wisdom. This one…rethinking the imposter syndrome.

Our Greatest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.

—Marianne Williamson

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