“You are a fraud!”
One of the people who knows me well asserted: “You are fraud!”. What is the context that gives rise to this statement, this assertion? Simply the disconnect this person experiences between how I show up for her and how my speaking/writing shows up for her. There is a big gap and therefore the assertion: “You are a fraud”.
How to deal with that? Do I attack? Do I dispute? Do I assert that she doesn’t see the full picture? Do I find reasons/excuses for the difference between my speaking and my being/doing that shows up for her? Do I turn the tables and point out her defects?
I accepted and continue to accept her assertion: “You are a fraud!”. I totally get and am ok with this. That is how it is! For her, I show up as a fraud – that is simply what is so. Going further I accept that I am a fraud! What do I mean?
Being human is to be in the fallen state of ‘inauthenticity’: to say one thing and be doing another and not even be present to the difference. It takes a certain state of being/consciousness – the state of being aware and mindful – to be aware of this inauthenticity. I wish that I were able to live in that state all the time. And the reality is that awareness/mindfulness is something that shows up infrequently and sporadically.
I am also a fraud in the sense that a person starting out and committed to being a tennis champion is a fraud. What do I mean? Let’s say that I am committed to being a tennis champion, I pick up my racket and head to the tennis court. I play. To an objective observer there will a gap between my being/playing and the being/playing of a tennis champion. And that gap can be used to assert: “You are a fraud!” I am up for ‘playing BIG’, ‘committed to playing BIG’. That does not mean that I am ‘BIG’. So the gap between my speaking of ‘playing BIG’, my ‘playing BIG’ and how I show up can be used to assert “You are a fraud!”
This assertion, “You are a fraud!” does not hurt. I totally get that when I speak that I am up for and committed to ‘playing BIG’ some people will look at how I show up for them and they will laugh and ridicule me. That is what is so – when you stick you head above the crowd then some people will take a shot at you. Sticking my head above the crowd and getting shot at going together like the two sides of a coin.
This is what shows up as real pain: having lived as a fraud for the last 15 years or so
During the week of Christmas 2011 I got present to how I had been living my life. The honest way would be to say that I had nothing to do with it. I took time out simply to be and this getting present simply showed up and rocked my world. Tears rolled from my soul – again and again for a week. Why?
I got present to the fact that I had been living as a fraud. I had been trying desperately to be someone else – to fit in, to please, to be a ‘nice person’, to not be a maverick, to not speak my mind, to not stand up for what I believe in genuinely. And I got present to the fact that it had not worked! Giving myself up to be ‘acceptable’ had not result in joy, fulfillment, satisfaction, peace being present in my living. Neither had the ‘workability’ and ‘performance’ of my life increased. I got present to the fact that I had lost – in every single way that I could imagine including the most wounding one: I had lost my self-esteem and my self-confidence. You could say that I showed up for myself as both a ‘fraud’, a ‘wimp’ and a ‘loser’!
Back to today
I am grateful that today I show up simply as a fraud! I am grateful that I do not show up for myself as ‘lost’, ‘wimp’, ‘loser’. I am grateful that I show up for myself as a person who has self-esteem – a person who has his own self-respect. I person who is genuinely proud of what he is up for, the game that his playing and the results that are showing up.
It is amazing how little things make such a big difference. I was set and internalised high standards and so no-one else berated me as much as I berated myself. Anything less than perfection was an opportunity for the mother/father housed inside of to whip me to pieces. And what happens shortly after my wakening up in December? I am driving my car and I hear a song ( “Don’t let me be misunderstood”) on the radio by the Animals that totally captures my attention. How? Here is the chorus line:
“I’m just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.
Yes, I’m just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord, please don’t le me be misunderstood.”
Those lines, that song has had such profound impact on me. I got that I am simply a soul whose intentions are good and that is good enough for me. I do not have to get everything right, I do not have to be perfect – for everyone in my life.
I am a fraud and I am at peace with that and in my life. I am even at peace with the person who asserts that I am a fraud. How blessed am I? Now, that is something to be truly grateful for!