I Am More

“Ideas are driven by a single impulse: to be made manifest.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Click To Tweet

Do words call to be written? Like Elizabeth Gilbert, I believe they do. Sometimes they appear in your head and niggle at you, kind of like an earworm from a song. And they niggle and nag until you write them down – make them manifest – or you tell them you can’t.

I love this quote by Elizabeth because it sums up an experience I had last week:

“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear Click To Tweet

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about vulnerability and heroine’s (hero’s) journey’s lately. In the car, I’ve been listening to podcasts about grateful living and wholehearted living. And then I felt a strong calling to write these words – my poem, my manifesto for being good enough, “I Am More”.

Here’s a visual version of my poem and you can download a poster here:

I am not my anger,

my pain,

my fears.

I am not my doubt,

my shame,

my tears.

I am not what I think,

what I do,

what I say;

I am not the should-dos

the should haves

of my day.

I am not my writing,

my art,

or my meals.

I am not this rejection,

this challenge,

the failures I feel.

I am not my body,

the colour of my skin,

dark or fair.

Nor my gender,

my job,

the clothes that I wear

I am not my wins

and losses

and madcap schemes.

I am not my religion:




I am more than an option:

a second-thought …

my child’s plea.

I am more than these fragments –

But they are all part of me.



4 thoughts on “I Am More

  1. Thank-you so much for this beautiful post , Monique, which is a great comfort for anyone struggling with life, writing and everything in between. x

  2. Love the poem, so insightful. In a way it applies to all of us.

    1. Thank you, Shirley. I’m glad you see that. I think at times we all suffer from different feelings like those and talk down to ourselves, when really, we are people who most definitely are good enough!

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