The pebble in my shoe

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The little voice in my head
That doubts every step I take
Tells me I’m not good enough
And that I’m making mistakes

It reminds me of times I’ve erred
The simplest things gone awry
Of failing tests and making a mess
Resulting in tears in my eyes

The voice whispers terrible nothings
And makes me freeze in my spot
It stops me from taking chances
Or giving new things a second thought

This voice of anxiety can be loud and clear
And a painful pebble in my shoe
It inhibits me from several things
Including living life the way I want to

I aim to rid myself of this pebble
These are the things that I can do
Exercise a lot and challenge some thoughts
Practice being mindful like I ought to

The voice will never shut up
That I now know
But I can still live with them
By letting them just come and go

(c) Sanch – Living my Imperfect Life (July 2014)

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Until next time,


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  • Soumya
    8 July 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Ahhh the last two lines did it for me!! Lovely Sanch 🙂

    I love the new look of this place, it is wonderful and welcoming! And that humming bird up there seals the deal. Its the same one you have on your tattoo right?? 🙂
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      9 July 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Thanks Soumya for the lovely words about the poem and the blog. And yes, the hummingbird is the same as the tattoo…I sent a photo to my sister and she recreated it for the blog. 🙂

  • chattywren
    9 July 2014 at 12:00 am

    Lovely verse, very well written!

  • Cathy Graham
    9 July 2014 at 12:42 am

    What an inspiring poem! I think we all have that awful inner voice that we need to shut up. I have it, too. Enjoyed this and found it honest and uplifting.


  • More than Words
    9 July 2014 at 1:07 am

    So well written Sanch…. It sums up my current state of mind….. You know you are such an inspiration to so many….. I am trying to learn from you yet the fear of failing often holds me back ….. I wish I could be stronger than the inner voice and really let it go…..
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      9 July 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Oh More than Words, anxiety can be hard. But it can also be managed. I’m humbled by the fact that you think I’m an inspiration…fear of failure is the worst thing. Been there…and it still occasionally emerges in different forms. I would recommend trying mindfulness or reading the book ‘The Happiness Trap’ to help some of that anxiety and that feel of being stuck because of the fear. Take care!

  • Bikram
    9 July 2014 at 2:17 am

    hear hear .. something for all of us to learn for sure

    very inspiring

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  • simple girl
    9 July 2014 at 2:37 pm

    wow… you spoke my heart.. I have been struggling with letting the self hate thoughts and self demeaning thoughts just come and go and every moment I have to alert. If I slack for few minutes, the engulf me like anything .. you have expressed it beautifully..
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  • simple girl
    9 July 2014 at 2:45 pm

    P.S. – did I say I love the new name of your blog ?
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  • J.Gi Federizo
    9 July 2014 at 3:30 pm

    “The voice will never shut up
    That I now know
    But I can still live with them
    By letting them just come and go”

    Very good one!

  • kalpana solsi
    10 July 2014 at 3:51 am

    The last two lines of your poem are so real. Pebbles will go but some other pebbles will take their place but one must know to live with them. Living an imperfectly life , perfectly.
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  • corinne@everydaygyaan.com
    10 July 2014 at 1:44 pm

    That dreaded voice in the head – I hear it too and fight it all the time! Great poem, Sanch.
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