There will be lots of costuming over the next few days. More important than the Halloween costumes are the "costumes" we wear every day. We try to look elegant or strong or beautiful or tough or prim or sexy. Yet, so often, what we try to portray doesn't fit our real nature any better than the outfit in the photo fits the nature of the one wearing it. We want to be Dorothy or the Wizard, but we're really more like Toto.
I no longer participate in Halloween, since I see it as more harmful than helpful, but too often I'm not all that I want people to think I am.
May this post serve as a simple reminder that we need integrity; our insides need to match our outsides, and vice-versa.
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden [part] thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
--Psalm 51:6, KJV
Photo and poem ©2008 James L. Swindle