I am purging the classroom this week. It is so freeing to get rid of idealistic products I bought in the past and never used. It is like getting rid of clothes that are too small for me. I am finally learning to deal in reality. There is a small amount of grieving involved when I am real and acknowledge that I am what I am, and not what I have pictured. But once I deal with the real, I can live authentically, not in fairy tale land. I find the real me is just fine, happier, more content, and more grateful. When I was constantly hinging my happiness on future pursuits that I didn't attain, I always felt a little victimized by my life. When I purge all that, I feel I am actually content and fruitful. A much better place to be! It is like my new favorite quote on my sidebar, about being fruitful rather than successful. Works for me!