Monday, October 31, 2011

Is a Burning Bag of Poop on the Porch a Trick or a Treat?

Get this, there’s a new phone app that allows parents to track their kids on Halloween night. If the app had been in existence a little over 40 years ago my parents would have figured out that I was the one who put the burning bag of poop on the Roberts’ front porch.

Fun Facts to Know and Learn---Halloween has a variety of historical links: Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruits and seeds; the festival of the dead called Parentalia; and, the more accepted, the end-of-summer Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-an or sow-in). There was a sense that this was the time of year when the physical and supernatural worlds were closest and magical things could happen. To ward off these spirits, the Irish built huge bonfires and invoked the help of the gods through animal and perhaps even human sacrifice.

Halloween is also thought to have been heavily influenced by the Christian holy days of All Saints' Day (also known as Hallowmas, All Hallows, Hallowtide) and All Souls' Day. Falling on November 1st and 2nd respectively, collectively they were a time for honoring the Saints and praying for the recently departed who had yet to reach heaven.

(please note that I’m not that smart so the historical notes came from Wikipedia)

So, how’d the whole costumes on kids and trick-or-treating thing start? There were so many tricks being done on Halloween ( a favorite was pushing outhouses over when people were in them…I LOVE that!) in the early 20th Century that towns started having fall and Halloween festivals for families to keep the hooligans busy.

Now, to my point: Halloween can be a time to dress up and be someone or something else…to fake it. Truthfully, fake it 'til you make it can be an extraordinary strategy for success, especially in times of change. In a tight situation you ask yourself, “If I was Bill Gates or a smart executive or Seal Team Six or a patient parent or a Werewolf or a loving spouse or a writer or a sexy French maid who…..(ok, you get the idea). How would I act?”

And then act the part.

You’ll be surprised how soon you’ll develop the confidence you need to act in that manner on a consistent basis.

Halloween can be a great time to be something else, something better. Every day can be that, too.

Trick or Treat?

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