Let no one steal your thunder..

People might try to make you feel

Inadequate, not good enough, try to steal

The limelight from you, downplay

Your achievements, take away

The credit from you- make every effort to find

A chink in your armor, play games with your mind

Until your strong nerves start to fray

Your confidence starts ebbing away..

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As a woman accomplished and independent

You are likely to face this predicament

You have nerves of steel, you think

Yet you might be brought to the brink

Of doubting yourself because you’ve been

Subjected to gaslighting in ways both obvious and unseen

You start wondering something is wrong with you

What you thought were your strengths appear weaknesses too..

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You are a strong woman and you should not be

Affected by criticism of your work that easily

By the time your realize the other person’s intent

The damage has been done to a great extent

It had started with comments innocuous

Laced with slight insults, nothing worth making a fuss

You did not realize what was going on there

Until the situation seemed beyond repair

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As a woman, you have to keep your cup

Full to the brim, find those who build you up

Let no one steal the thunder from you

You are in control, and that is true

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

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