Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT August 9th 2021

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For this session we watched the music and lyric video for “This Is Me” from the film The Greatest Showman, posted below.

Our prompt for this session was: “This is me…

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12 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT August 9th 2021

  1. Patricia D.

    This is Me

    What is this?
    What is me?
    Can me be a this?

    All this me focus
    bothers me.
    Bothers who?!

    Who is focusing
    on me
    and why?

    Too much me focus
    leads to

    Thus, this is
    not me or
    who matters.

    Liked by 1 person

    • al3793

      Patricia, When you read this I thought the closing sentence was a question although I did not hear a questioning tone in your voice. It is so different now that I read it as a statement. The speaker poses many questions and several reflections but no answers and leaves the listener with challenges he must answer for himself. Very nice! Andre


      • Patricia D.

        Andre, thank you for your comment. While I understand how marginalized people need to be accepted, our culture’s emphasis on the individual is part of the problem.


      • al3793

        Patricia, I think fulfilment in life is more readily achieved through other-centeredness and self donation. For many on the margins of society, those considered expendable, the first step is being seen and accepted. There must be a balance somewhere in the mix, but we seem to have difficulty finding it. Andre


  2. al3793

    This is me…
    I came from a place of privilege,
    a place of nothing extra but, everything we needed,
    a child of twentieth century Italian immigrants in a
    a time when the American Dream was woven so I could succeed.
    Diligent hard work would pay off and,
    I remember, it was hard to fail.
    The host of “paesan” from Calabria wouldn’t let you fail or get in trouble.
    Our lives, our successes were a collective community effort, a labor of love.
    This was “Little Sal,” son of “Il Professore”,
    teacher by weekday, barber by weekend, and
    father and husband all day, every day.
    Collectively this community, this family would celebrate
    the me I have become, that they helped gestate.


    Liked by 1 person

      • al3793

        Patricia, the cost of living has overtaken the potential of the American Dream of the 20th century immigrants. It was the dream to ascend to the middle class. Today, America’s middle class in very small, and much disability and addiction exists there. I also think structural disparity plays a role in what’s happened to the American Dream. Perhaps the dream is different today. I am not very versed is this piece of our social history. These are just ideas. Andre


  3. This is me~~~

    I am impatient
    I am vocal.
    I get loud when angry.
    I interrupt.

    I cry at sad movies
    and seeing all the animals behind cage doors at the SPCA.
    I care about the plight of others, the disadvantaged, the disenfranchised,
    those who have no voice.
    I care about the environment and how it is being trashed by our lack of concern.
    I care about the homeless during the cold nights of winter.

    This is me.
    Take me with all my positives and negatives,
    for they make
    And I stand firm in my shoes.

    Liked by 1 person

    • al3793

      Michele, the closing of this narrative resonates strongly coming off the speaker’s testament of self: “Take me with all my positives and negatives,
      for they make” It is an honest, humble realization of what makes us,us. Andre


  4. Emily Raffensberger

    “I used to” isn’t a phrase I use anymore. Life isn’t past tense. Living on my own terms owns me. My power comes from speaking honestly and with great vulnerability. This is me: bold, vibrant, effervescent, unbound. I am water, wild and free.


    • al3793

      Emily, “Life isn’t past tense” seems so obvious yet it demands pondering. Wild, free water is a vivid image from my Rocky Mountain trip. It was everywhere!


  5. Patricia D.

    Andre, with regard to the shrinking American middle class I believe we have somehow been able to maintain it in Canada in part thanks to our universal health care system. Our tolerance for differences seems to be reflected in the idea of a mosaic rather than a melting pot. Of course, we have our issues with the First Nations and immigrants (e.g. Haitians), but our society is relative safe (gun laws).
    Back to This is me: during the Olympic summer games, the first trans person to win the GOLD in women’s soccer was on the Canadian team. We are proud of her and the team that fought for years to make soccer more than an exclusive men’s sport.


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