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However, I have to admit I do have an aversion to being fake, so where do I draw the line? I want to be authentic. Is there a place you draw the line?
Let's explore that by listing some of the ways we might "fake it 'til we make it." Perhaps you can add some ways you have done this in our discussion on facebook or here in our comments.
Ways I have or am working on faking it until I make it:
- I am not totally sure this applies, because it is such an ongoing thing, and I honestly do keep working at this; however, I am not completely there (wherever there is) yet. It is the area of keeping down clutter in the house. I have made such wonderful progress over the last five years in that area; however, sometimes my house gets out of hand when I am working on a project or life takes over in unexpected ways. Then, I have to regroup; and, I used to feel like I was starting all over again, but that has changed. Now, I have all the habits and things I have learned and relearned whch fall back into place so much easier than before. Moreover, I have made such great progress in getting rid of years of stuff that I think most people tend to save if they have room, which we do not have in this particular house. I am not done yet, but I am closer. And, it is actually fun when you realize that you are freer by being able to get rid of the detritus.
- Emotions is a hot topic. But, I have a body that gets that cortisol thing going when I get anxious and upset. It starts a cycle that can get out of hand, because it hurts so much. I hate that chemicals in our body have such power over our physical selves and our brains; but, I am certain that is part of my genetic makeup. And, it also is part of what makes me sensitive to how others feel. The things that help me and have helped me in the past are: prayer, scripture, relaxation techiniques, running (I can't do that now), walking on the beach or in a park, reading, even playing a game (unless the computer is fueling my anxiety), doing a crossword puzzle, cleaning house. Ha, ha, I never thought that last one would show up on my list, but if clutter is the source of the anxiety it makes me feel better to have neat and organized surroundings