It’s a dark, misty Halloween night with a full moon shrouded in grey clouds. The doorbell rings. You grab your bowl of candy and open the door to find a frightening mob of goblins, ghosts, and monsters staring at you. Instead of shouting “Trick or Treat,” this rowdy bunch starts firing questions at you that dredge up all your doubts and fears as a creative person.
A goblin demands, “What if your painting doesn’t turn out the way you want it to, then what?”
“Are you sure that piece you are writing is any good?” another one taunts you.
A monster intones, “What if that marketing plan you’re working on isn’t perfect, huh?”
Then they hush as a ghost you have seen many times before hovers close to you and whispers menacingly, “What if you fail?”
They all nod their heads in agreement and smirk. You feel the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Beads of perspiration form on your forehead and under your arms. You feel slightly sick to your stomach.
Then the scariest one of the bunch pastes a sickening grin on its face and says, “May we come in?”
Now common sense tells you not to let them in. But then you remember. I’ve let them in before. You shrink back in horror. Actually, I’ve let them in just about every time they’ve knocked all year long. What was I thinking?
They start coming towards you in a wave. But you shake off the fear, stand tall, block the door and, in your most commanding voice, growl, “No, you may not come in. Now go away.”
“But, we thought you liked us. You always let us in. Why not tonight?” the goblin whines.
“Because I’m tired of your tricks. Now go on, get out of here,” you shout.
“Can’t we have some candy?” the monster pleads.
“No! You’ve been terrible to me. Go on, get,” you say as you force them away from your door.
As they retreat, you hear the ghost grumble, “What is wrong with this world that Halloween has come to this? We couldn’t have any fun at all!”
As you close the door, you smile. No tricks from you little goblins, ghosts and monsters tonight which is a real treat for me.
© Lynn Wyvill 2010