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smacky30 and I were talking about imposter syndrome earlier in the week. Well, more confessing how we both experience it.

We "do" a thing by e-mail along with losingntrnslatn, when one or the other of us becomes self-critical or calls herself a name, we make her (or they make me) say three things she likes about herself. Then, inevitably, after the three things have been named, we hear "Now you..."

So, after our conversation about imposter syndrome, smacky30 suggested that at least once a week, without the self-criticism to precede it, that we would name three things we like about ourselves. It can be physical, emotional, spiritual or even something e accomplished.

It's something a lot of us can use, a little more self-acknowledgement and the chance to own all of our good qualities AND I am trying not to be such a lurker and be more active here, I thought I'd ask all of you to come play with us.

Today I will start:

1. I am compassionate
2. I am relatively self-aware
3. I am tenacious

What are three things you like about yourself?


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 3rd, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
1) I am patient
2) I am a good parent
3) I am open-minded
Aug. 8th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
You are all those things and more! And I am grateful you are in my life.
Aug. 3rd, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
I am optimistic.
I am faithful.
I am open.
Aug. 8th, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
You are also: extremely talented, an amazing parent, endlessly creative and very inspiring. I am so thankful that you are in the world.
Aug. 4th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
1. I worked hard enough to get the professional career I wanted.
2. I train my dogs so that everyone who meets them, loves them.
3. I love my family.
Aug. 8th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
You are also an amazing friend with a beautiful heart who does so much good in the world.

Thank you for replying to this post and thank you for being my friend. *hugs*
Aug. 4th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
Since I did this via email I am not going to do it here. I may need those three things for next week (or when the self-doubt is really bad).

I do want to tell you that I think it's great to take this outside the 3 of us. We all need to focus more on what is good and lay off the negative. It is so easy to say I can't, so easy to qualify a good characteristic. I do it. I know I do it. And I still find it hard to stop.

And on the days when I find it impossible to say one good thing about me, it is invaluable to have friends who will take the time to tell me 3 things that I should be proud of.

Aug. 8th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
I think we all need to hear what is good in and about us, but I think we all need to believe it more. One step to that, IMHO, is for us to acknowledge our good qualities.

If, at any time, you can't name 3, ask me, because I can name a million wonderful things about you. I am blessed and fortunate that you are my friend.
Aug. 4th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
1. Faithful
2. Hopeful
3. Flexible
Aug. 8th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
And you are creative and talented and giving and loving. You are devoted and kind and compassionate. You give to the world everyday and the world is better for having you in it.

Aug. 11th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Bless you!
Thank you so much for this. It did my soul a world of good.
Aug. 5th, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
I am alive
I am alive
I am alive
Aug. 8th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
And I am endlessly grateful that it is so.
Aug. 15th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
So late, thanks to vacation, but this is a wonderful plan.

I am:

1) determined.
2) silly.
3) bookish.
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