You summon up the courage to get out of your bed and look... It turns out that there really were not any monsters under there after all. Confident, you climb back in bed, pull the covers up... and then realize your mistake.... of course they aren't under the bed... that's because.... they are in the closet!!!!!!!!!!!
Now that we are grown ups.... we can go to bed confident that there are not any made up monsters under our bed... or can we?
Here are a few possibilities....
- What are they saying? They must be laughing at me. I can't believe they would be talking about me behind my back like that!
- Look at them, goofing off again. I'll probably have to do more work to make up for their slacking.
- Why am I being excluded from their conversation? I always get left out!
Maybe you could add a few of your own. Please feel free to do that in the comments!
Let's try another one.....
What monsters come to mind?
- I can't believe they would treat me like that. I am always the one who has to reach out and look where it gets me. Alone again!
- I wonder what I did wrong.... why don't they like me anymore?
- Forget them.... I've had it with them!!!
Do you have any to add?
These are the made up "monsters" of the adult world. The things that push our buttons, upset us, or make us scared or angry before we really fully know the facts, but really are not real at all. This month, the Simple suggestion I am making is to take a close look at your own life and see where you may be making up a monster or a story about something that is going on in your life.
In a memorable scene from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz," the "great and powerful Oz" appears larger than life to Dorothy and her crew. Frightened, they inch forward towards the booming, fire spewing image they believe to be the real Oz. Toto comes to the rescue! Running over to a curtain and pulling it back, he reveals that a man is pushing buttons and pulling levers. They realized that the larger than life image is, in fact, not real, but being created by "the man behind the curtain." At this point, he utters that famous line in the quote above, "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." But it is too late. He is found out.