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The Costumes We Wear


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Thursday, October 31, 2013



Since it is Halloween, what better to talk about than the costumes we wear. No, I do not mean the long-bearded, camo-wearing costume of everyone's favorite Duck Commander , Si. Nor do I mean the once Disney child-tv-star turned "twerking" pop diva Miley Cyrus. However popular those and other fictional character, celeb favorite, funny pun, or creative monsters are going to be amongst adults in the hallways and cubicles of your workplace today, those are not the types of costumes I speak of. I speak of the costumes that we wear from day to day in our lives.

I for one have not actually dressed up in a costume for nearly 25 years. It just isn't my thing. I am not anti Halloween costume, I just either don't have any place to go to wear a costume, such a party, or, I just don't want to spend the money on something I am essentially going to wear one time. On a quick side note, I will admit that there is one costume that I will have to wear one of these years. As some of you know I work in Louisville, Kentucky which is the home of the Kentucky Derby. One of these days I will dress up as a jockey! How funny would it be to see a 6'7" 290 lb. jockey? I've almost lost more weight than the combined weight of two jockeys, but I digress.



I may not have worn an actual "Halloween Costume" in nearly 25 years, but the truth is I have worn many costumes since I last dressed up for Halloween. I have not worn the "traditional" funny or scary costumes that you will see knocking on your door looking for a Snickers or Butterfinger tonight but I have however worn the every day, real-life ones.

We all wear these costumes. We wear our Mom or Dad costumes. We wear our sister or brother costumes. We wear our daughter or son costumes. We wear our wife or husband costumes. These costumes are ones that we wear that are full of love and pride and don't want to change them for anything in the world!

But we have also been wearing this other costume. Often we have worn this costume for most of our lives. We wear this costume and we do not feel pride for ourselves with it on. We do not feel the love for ourselves that we should. We often wear this costume with shame and sadness. I know I did.

I am speaking of our "overweight" costume.

Much like a Darth Vader costume must come with a light saber, the "overweight" costume comes with accessories like shame, failure, and hopelessness.

We don't want this costume and it's accessories. We have tried to get rid of this costume many times and for many years, but it has stubbornly stayed on like a bad version of "Groundhog Day". It is a costume that we wear but we do not want any part of! If there were a life costume contest, we would slowly sneak out the side door when an announcement of "Is there anyone else who wants to enter the costume contest?" Well...no more!

To celebrate Halloween 2013, let's get to work on a new costume. Maybe some of us will work on our "progress" costumes while others will work on our "maintenance" costumes. Wherever you stand in your journey right now at Halloween 2013, let's start work towards our Halloween 2014 costume..."SUCCESS"! In 2014, we will enter our "success" costume in that costume contest!



The "success" costume comes with accessories like increased energy, confidence, and sense of accomplishment! The "success" costume is not something that is given to us. We must earn that costume! The "success" costume takes hard work and dedication! With that hard work and dedication, we will take home first prize in that costume contest...a happier and healthier lifestyle that we can be proud of wearing from that day forward!

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LORIVIOLA 4/2/2014 9:08AM

    emoticon for this emoticon blog!

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GENRE009 12/15/2013 4:32PM

    great. thanks.

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DRTOVAH 11/16/2013 5:57AM

  great post!

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DANCINGFLAMES 11/14/2013 5:13AM

    I love this, and it is so true. PS The jockey costume sounds awesome.

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WHITEANGEL4 11/13/2013 12:05AM

    Beautifully said

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ONTHEPATH2 11/5/2013 11:37AM

    As I shed my costume to take a walk during my lunch hour, I thank you! I've been slipping, sliding, making excuses, feeling the shame, guilt and hopelessness. No More! Not today! Thanks for a dose of motivation and inspiration!



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IMAGINE46 11/5/2013 11:27AM

  Great blog! emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 11/5/2013 6:47AM

    so true Brad--another great blog! emoticon

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GEORGE815 11/4/2013 5:54PM

    Shaq is some kind of jockey.

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MARILYNROBERT 11/3/2013 10:45PM

    It all comes down to what is in our head, doesn't it? In my mind, I have myself dressed up in a costume that brings me down but I have a ability to change my costume to one that builds me up. I need to do this to make progress, to give my myself a chance for success. I'm going to be sure I'm wearing the right costume from now on emoticon

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WANNABEETRIM2 11/3/2013 5:00PM

    Awesome and Accurate!
Thought provoking and creatively described.
May we all love the "costumes" we're in.
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TSISQUAUSDI 11/3/2013 12:00PM

    Awesome blog! I am quite guilty of emotional eating and gaining weight to keep people away, and I'm step-by-step, day by day, over-coming that! Thank you!

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MONTREAL12 11/3/2013 10:29AM

  Love your blogs; please keep these coming! Thanks

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WILDFLOWERMA 11/3/2013 10:19AM

    I absolutely love Halloween, but your analogies definitely ring true. Can't wait to shed my "pounds of pain" costume for good!

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SUPERDAD55 11/2/2013 11:41PM

    Very Appropriate for this time of year !

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AJB121299 11/2/2013 10:56PM

    nice

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SMILINGEYES2 11/2/2013 8:14PM

    You have expressed so well what it is like and the reframe that is needed to continue to make progress.

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TPETRIE 11/2/2013 8:13PM

  Well said. I never liked my overweight costume either. emoticon

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RENATA144 11/2/2013 7:56PM

  emoticon I hope that all of your dreams come true. emoticon emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 11/2/2013 6:32PM

  Good positive thoughts to go with Halloween!

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SUEPERWOMAN 11/2/2013 4:26PM

 

LOVE IT !!

I am slowly but surely putting on my success costume.
It feels good all over.

Thanks, Brad,

Love, Ginger

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NEWCHINELO 11/2/2013 4:11PM

    How i love this blog . . . this is emoticon

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HEIDISHOPE 11/2/2013 3:54PM

    very insightful and encouraging! Thanks!

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MARYANNGI 11/2/2013 3:41PM

    Truly great blog! Keep them coming.

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BRYANBABY3 11/2/2013 3:00PM

    great blog

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LJOYCE55 11/2/2013 1:15PM

  Thank you.

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FIRECOM 11/2/2013 1:12PM

    A very special blog and I thank you. I hadn't thought about many of the analogies that you mentioned.

I was invited to a costume party once and was told to wear something really scary, so I took my face.

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PRAXTIPRAT 11/2/2013 12:59PM

    really amazing insight ~thanx for this entry
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MRSRIGS1 11/2/2013 11:14AM

    GREAT blog! Let's wear our new costume of success in 2014!!! We will enjoy a life full of energy, satisfaction, pride, health, and commitment! emoticon

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LADYBUG4869 11/2/2013 10:36AM

    emoticon You took the words out of my mouth!! Wow!! What a great explanation!! Love it and you! emoticon

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CAROL_31649731 11/2/2013 9:46AM

    Loved your blog, Brad. This really hit home for me, as I had an unfortunate experience this week. I went to a breast specialist (for a serious health matter)--who only saw that "overweight" costume--and started in on a lecture about losing weight & reducing my BMI, instead of addressing my real medical issue. I love you're analogies!!! I'm striving for that "success" costume! And I'm well on my way, too . . . thanks for another insightful blog!!!

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RUDITUDI2000 11/2/2013 9:40AM

    emoticon So true! Time to be free of it! emoticon

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PHX459 11/2/2013 8:03AM

    Awesome emoticon

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 11/2/2013 7:36AM

    Fantastic blog! Great thoughts and well-written!

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CIROHIO 11/2/2013 6:30AM

    emoticon I love the idea for the custom of success, hope to be wearing that next year. I think you would make an emoticon lookin' jokey! emoticon

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IN102WIN 11/2/2013 6:06AM

    Thanks for this blog, costume of sucess! I like it!

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