A reminder that expressing yourself authentically is worth the risk

Thank you to the spoken word poet Sarah Kay for your presence at Creative Mornings NYC this morning, where you captivated my attention. For someone to captivate me these days is really quite a feat, with Twitter just a click away and my busy mind and so many other distractions. Witnessing your truth flowing through was an electric experience. You viscerally compelled me to remember the importance of saying what I mean with the full power of my being; you reminded me, too, of the beauty of doing so, and the shame in concealing such beauty.


I don't know why I experience such duality between my spiritual and intellectual sides. Maybe it's because for so long, my intellectual abilities were wrapped up in the false, or incomplete, version of myself that I shared with the world: the A student, the overachieving junior staffer. She was all brain, no gut...