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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Think (09/02/10)

TITLE: Don't Believe Everything You Think
By cheryl schoenberger


The boutique was throbbing with estrogen-driven eighteen year olds in search of the perfect prom dress. Le Coutoure had advertised 50% off all formal wear in the Friday newspaper and, as a result, all 62 seniors waited impatiently for the doors to open on Saturday morning. It had been a grueling three hours of rummaging through rack after rack of dresses of all different styles and colors. Finally Sabrina had found one worthy enough to try on as the dueling thoughts in her mind began.

“I’m not so sure about wearing a long dress. What if I trip on the hem when I walk into the prom?” Worrisome whispered.

“I seem to bulge through this dress in all the wrong places,” Reality thought gazing at the reflection in the mirror.

“Yes but when I waltz down the spiraling staircase and Donny’s eyes lock with mine, he will be captivated with my beauty,” Fantasy dreamed.

“Who am I kidding? Look at me. This dress is obviously too tight,” Reality redirected.
“But the brilliant blue color does bring out my eyes,” Fantasy reflected.

“This brilliant blue color needs to bring out my eyes in a size seven, since the size five I’m wearing absolutely does not fit,” Reality resolved.

“It’s funny how I’ve had a thing for Donny as long as I can remember and he never seemed to notice me. Now in senior year when I developed a couple of bumps and curves in all the right places, he asked me to the prom. Go figure. I hope I don’t blow it and do or say something totally stupid,” Worrisome fretted.

“I just need to be myself, relax, and have fun. It will all be fine,” Confidence assured letting out a sigh.

“But in order to be a fun date, I’m going to have do things I’m not comfortable with or he won’t date me ever again,” Darkness wickedly whispered.

“No, I can’t. I have to be true to God and to myself. I can have fun without doing things I shouldn’t, right? If Donny doesn’t respect me, or my wishes, then I don’t need to date him ever again,” Enlightenment spiritually enumerated.

“Ok, this size seven gives me smoother lines; this will work. But I must say these glitzy shoes have to go. Sale or no sale, they are not working for me,” Reality said with certainty.

“I can’t believe that in the four years of high school, this will be the first dance anyone has ever invited me to. In fact, this will be my first date ever. I have simply been invisible my whole life. No one has noticed me before. I guess I’ve been too shy to fit in,” said Unloved.

“Oh well, I know I am not the most attractive girl in the class, but at least this dress makes me feel beautiful,” Loved responded smiling at the mirror.

“I’m going to the prom. I just need to focus on that,” Reality determined.

“One more spin around and yes it is official; Donny you are getting one awesome looking date for prom,” Confidence concluded.

“I sure hope he thinks so too,” Worrisome added.

“Who am I kidding, it’s just me,” Unloved retorted.

Sabrina waved the retreat flag and the battle of the thoughts ceased. She shyly shuffled to the checkout counter with the cobalt dress minus the shoes, avoiding any conversations with her classmates.

“Sweetie is this all for you today?” Sara asked eyeing up the long flowing blue dress.

“Yes ma’am, I think so.”

“Well it’s a beautiful dress; you will look absolutely stunning in it,” Sara replied as she covered the dress in plastic.

“I think I will look ok,” Sabrina said looking down.

“Sabrina you are a smart and beautiful girl, but it’s time you stop thinking so much. Life is meant to be lived. There is one thing I have learned in my 53 years of life, you can’t believe everything that you think. Just trust God to guide you through and have a little fun along the way. Ok sweetie?” Sara asked.

Sabrina smiled warmly and simply said, “Thank you.”

Feeling noticed for the first time, she left the boutique with her head held high exuberating confidence, love, and a newfound zest for life.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/10/10
And I thought I was the only one who had a bunch of voices telling me all kinds of things in my head. I could definitely relate to this story and I liked the happy ending.
Genia Gilbert09/12/10
Very original and on topic. I really like this and agree wholeheartedly with its message. Well written.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/16/10
Congratulations for placing in the top 15 of your level!