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Inside Job



Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt was: “in-” Find a word that begins with the prefix “in” or use the word itself anywhere in your post.

Happiness is an inside job. All kinds of crazy things go on in my head. Is it possible that other people think crazy stuff too? Inside their heads? Inside my head lives a wonderland of torment and ecstasy and everything in between.  The torment often comes from comparing my insides to other people’s outsides. I know this in my head. I know now, that other people aren’t really so cool and confident as I used to believe they were. I’ve learned that inside other people’s heads can be a mess too.

Would it be fun or insane if we could know what’s going on in each other’s minds? Would we think better thoughts if we knew people could see inside? Who cares? We can’t do that. We might think we can, and sometimes that gets us in trouble.

All I can really do as far as all that goes, is clean up my own back yard. I cannot read your mind. I can ask you to tell me what’s in there. And I can listen carefully and watch my imagination to keep it from assuming too much.

Somebody said they had no business being in their own head alone, that it was a dangerous neighborhood to go into alone. I don’t feel that way. I like being in my own mind. Just not all the time. And I need to keep it clean. Don’t need to let those insidious negative thoughts get a foothold in my head.

Happiness is an inside job. That’s where I started. I can choose what thoughts I want to push out and which ones I want to delve into. I choose the ones that make me happy, more and more. I’m learning to indulge in good thoughts.

It’s possible to be happy, but not so much if you’re a Turkey. I’m not going to eat Turkey for that very reason. And I’m going to think about what I’m happy about. What I’m thankful for.

Inside my head is a better place than it used to be.

Happy Thanksgiving.


If you’d like to join the fun of Stream of Consciousness Saturday, go here:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

7 thoughts on “Inside Job

  1. Great quote! “Happiness is an inside job.” Love it. Thanks 🙂

  2. insidious

  3. I really liked this! You make your own happiness.

  4. Thank you for saying so! Glad you liked it.

  5. I so wouldn’t want to read other people’s thoughts! Great post Joanna 🙂 Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! 🙂

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