A cold wind whistles through the trees, hurtling the last of the leaves to the ground. Overhead, a waxing moon casts eerie shadows and dances a macabre dance between the scuttling clouds. Ghosts prowl the streets, black cats slink across your path, and beneath the streetlights, the undead howl: “Trick or Treat!” It’s Halloween.
Put on a costume and express your hidden desires. Be beautiful, be powerful, be frightening, be bold. Celebrate your grandest dreams, or dive into your dark side. Let your imagination run free.
There’s power in pretending, a magic to transform. Take a lesson from Halloween’s make-believe and step into the world of your best dreams. Create an alternate persona. Weave it of those highest traits you wish you dared express. Give it a secret name. And in the morning, put it on. Pretend. Pull its attitude over you like a shirt. See the glint of its eyes gaze back from your mirror. Walk the way it would walk. Talk as it would talk. How would it answer the phone? Greet a stranger? Enter a room?
Imagine that it’s wrapped in stardust, that everyone you encounter as you wear it sees it as the real you. “You look great today! Did you get a haircut? Lose weight?” they ask, unable to pinpoint the change, but sensing in your aura something brighter, better, truer.
Wear it every day for a week, polishing its act a little more every day. Go ahead. Pretend. Just for the fun of it. See what this “acting-as-if” is all about. See if it doesn’t do the trick and toss a treat or two your way.