On the Edge

According to her internal judge

she was never quite up to par,

even when she crossed the finish line first

she couldn’t own the accomplishment. Always

on the outside of the window, looking in.

Perplexed by separation. She wanted to belong,

and never wanted to fit in,

knew it would change her.

A part broken off to forever float away.

No one else stayed after class to console the bullied teacher.

It never occurred to her not to.

She saw those faces on the fringe,

secretly knowing she was an outlier as well.

ยฉ Alicia Grimshaw 2017


In response to The Daily Post – Outlier

21 thoughts on “On the Edge

  1. Hello Ali,
    Yes, we can most certainly be our own worst enemies at times. It takes patience and practise to begin the beautiful act of self love.
    A very gentle post but possessing great depth. Thank you ๐Ÿ’•

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  2. I think on some level, most of us believe we aren’t quite good enough. Maybe it’s what we do with that self-image that’s important? Thanks for this post…it made me think!

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    1. Glad to hear that you were inspired to ponder after reading my words. I believe that we always have a choice to agree with the not good enough story or not. Inquiry is where the power lies. Have a beautiful day.

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  3. I hate that people have so much self doubt and feel they have failed even when they have not. I love the compassion shown for the teacher; right there, own that you stayed and be proud! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  4. As Magarisa said, so powerful. Sometimes we feel we can’t be good enough because of our doubts, and sometimes it is the way society looks at us. Funny how so many of us look up to our teachers…and we never think of how they may feel towards us.

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    1. Mabel, I always appreciate your reflections. I wonder if everyone has some version of the “I am not good enough” story? No matter how others see us, it is our choice how to see ourselves. Have a beautiful day.


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