Positive Attitude Leads to Success – A Lesson from Jack O’ Lantern

Positive Attitude Leads To Success
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The main idea of this website is about how we can generate inspiration from insightful stories. When I searched any story that worth to dig for some insight, I notice that Halloween is an interesting term. We can learn many things from its culture, celebration, and history. The result: I get this ‘positive attitude leads to success’ thing stuck in my mind.

Do you find it a strange thing to learn from Halloween? Yes, I am. Just read further to find out why I can get this conclusion after researching about Halloween culture.

Let me ask you a question: Do you agree that holiday and cultural trend is a great opportunity for seasonal business? In the previous post, I’ve shared about several business ideas that you can use as a startup for your business or even optimize your current business. The main idea was to use an upcoming event as an opportunity to earn some quick cash. For this time, it is the Halloween event.

Halloween Car Festival

When you hear the word Halloween, what’s the first thing to come in your mind? Parties? Costumes? Trick or treat? Jack O’ Lantern? That’s right! All those four are some essential elements that never miss to show up on Halloween. We all know that Halloween and Jack-O-Lantern are like the beach and the sand. However, do you know when the first Halloween event conducted in this world?

This is How We Have a Festive Event called Halloween…

Well, the original celebration of Halloween started thousands years ago by the Celtics. The Celts who lived 2000 years in Northern and Western Europe celebrated their New Year on November 1. It marked as the end of summer and the harvest time and the beginning of a dark, cold winter. The Celts believe that on the night before the New Year, the borderline between the living and the death became blurred. That’s why on the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain.

Witch Halloween

It was believed to be the time when the ghost of the dead returned to earth. They also believed that the present of the dead made it easier for them to predict the future. Sounds a bit creepy but this is true.

To commemorate the event, they built a hug fires and burn the crops and animals for the Celtic Deities. During the celebration, they used a costume which basically consist of animal head and skins and tried to tell each other’s fortunes. Over the time, the celebration was also affected by Roman since Roman Empire conquered the most of Celtics territory from which they started to commemorate on the passing of the dead.

Originated from Europe, Halloween comes to America in the second half of nineteenth century where America was flooded with new Immigrants and mostly came from Irish, one of the Celtic’s territories. Ever since, Americans began to celebrate Halloween by dress up in costumes and go from house to house asking for money, which later known as “trick or treat”.

Halloween started to mark as a holiday since the late 1800s. Nowadays, Halloween is more about a celebration which is full of games, cookies, candies, and festive costume. It has become a more of a getting together event rather than about pure ghost, pranks, witchcraft, or other occult stuffs. Although it may not as globally festive as Christmas do (Well, my country do not have that high hype in Halloween), Halloween is surely a fun celebration.

And That is How We Move On to the History of a Cute Creepy Pumpkin…

Even the celebration has changed overtime, there’s one thing that never failed to live up the night. You do know what I mean by Cute Creepy Pumpkin right (well, some people say it is ‘cute’)?

Cute Jack O Lantern

This one is quite cute, right?

That is certainly Jack-O-Lantern, the carved pumpkin. Everyone in the neighborhood will have at least one Jack O-Lantern in front of their home. The practice of making Jack-O-Lantern originated from the Irish myth about the man called “Stingy Jack”.

Jack invited a devil to have a drink with him. But in the end, he conned the devil and made it promised not to ever bother him or claim his soul for a year. When the Devil came the next year, he tricked the Devil again into made the same promise. Unfortunately, he died soon after.

With his unsavory behaviors, there’s no way he could go to heaven. However, he couldn’t go to hell either because the Devil kept his words not to claim his soul.

The devil sent Jack off into the dark with only a burning coal to light his steps. He put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has roamed the Earth ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’ Lantern”. Since then people started to make their own versions of Jack’s Lantern and placing them on the porches or near the door to frighten away the Stingy Jack.

Finally, This is How I Met Your Mo.. I mean, Insight.

Now you may want to ask me: What part in the story that made me thought that Positive attitude leads to success? My answer is: Nothing.

Yes, unlike some of my previous insights, there is no clear message in the history of our Stingy Jack. However, I read it as the opposite. You can see that Jack’s negative attitude lead him to nowhere. He is not accepted in both Heaven and Hell. Nobody wants to greet and welcome him. No one.

Do you see my point here?

Positive Attitude Leads to Success

The commemoration of Halloween has been evolved overtime. Even so, whenever the time came everyone always gathered and took part in the celebration. I guess it’s a part of human nature to keep a long-standing tradition and make some enhancement over time, because we will keep improving and always want to reach higher and live better.

But, whatever you do, keep in mind not to ever cross the border if you want to reach your success. You should have a positive attitude in order to reach your goal. Mischievous acts might get you one or two step ahead at first. However, in the long run, it’s actually positive attitude that can got you excelled, while your negative attitude (like the Stingy Jack) will eventually lead you to nowhere.

If you are interested, you can read this post about persistence and determination as a key factor to achieve your success as a Hero. Let me know if you have different opinion about this insight.

Alexander Blue

A writer, gamer, book lover, music addict, and a dreamer. My life motto is 'Every thousand mile begins with a single step'. I like to share helpful information with others because the positive feeling is contagious and it will make everyone's life better.

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22 Comments

  1. Mike

    So those are Halloween origins huh? I had an idea but never could take a look at all those details, I loved reading your post Alexander! The jack-o-lantern story is also interesting, it kind of shows you that you can trick even the strongest if you play your cards correctly. That IS motivating! Thank you!!

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    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hi Mike, thank you for sharing what you get from reading the story. Keep motivated all the day :)

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  2. Chawn Bracey

    Before we can conquer our dreams we must learn to conquer ourselves! If we can do that than half of the battle is already won. Self motivation and perseverance mixed with relentless effort will guarantee success. Once we learn what motivates us we can continue to tap into that source when we need a boost. Great article!

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    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Thank you Chawn. We need to know what is our utmost motivation to live, and then we can continue to achieve success and happiness. :)

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  3. Adrian Yeow

    Your story where negative attitudes lead you to nowhere inspired me with also another story I used to hear about. The man was a famous investor. He said you shouldn’t cheat your friends, because even if you successfully took advantages from him, he will never be your friend anymore, you end up losing a friend. However if you have many friends who can help you in many ways, that could certainly help you in the long run.

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Adrian, great sharing! I think I’ve heard the same story before. Losing friends like that will have negative impact in the future and may ‘cut’ most of your ways to ‘go out from problem’. I believe that we ripe what we sow, so positive attitude is important for us to ripe a good fruit too.

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  4. Hannah

    I never knew there was so much history to the Jack O’ Lantern. Really spooky and I can see why this is strictly a Halloween tradition. My boyfriend grew up in Ireland so I will show him this article when he gets home.

    Fascinating read. I definitely learn something new here.

    Hannah.

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Hannah. Yes indeed, I also just know when I took some time for researching the origin of Jack O’ Lantern. Thanks for sharing the article to your boyfriend :) I wonder if as a native, he knows this story or not.

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  5. marcelg

    History of halloween is fun to read about.

    Every year we make our jack-o-lanterns and light up the neighbourhood and have a blast. Most of the kinds likely have no idea about this history yet though. It will be interesting to inform my children of some of the tales :)

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Marcel. Yes it is indeed fun to look for history of culture and festival. Halloween is an interesting one. Hope your children will like it :

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  6. RuthM

    Great Stuff! I had no idea that this where the Jack o latern came from. Interesting! And the origins of halloween are from Europe. There was me thinking it was an American tradition. I have never done any research on the subject, so I was interested to come across this one. With halloween this weekend, I feel a bit more educated, so thanks

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Ruth. Yes at first I think it was originated from America too because it looks so popular and festive there :) Happy Halloween then..

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  7. Gina Gonzalez

    Hi Alblue, I too like the idea of taking inspiration from holidays for seasonal business and this is a quite interesting way to convey the need for positive thinking! Halloween is a festive time in the USA. It is the only time of year in my neighborhood when we see almost everyone out socializing. We have a great time with it. As for business, I am building a website for seasonal shopping. Thank you for sharing the history of Halloween. ~Gina

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Gina, thank you for reading and sharing what you are doing :) Well I would love to see there myself about Halloween is celebrated in the USA, because my country don’t really have the hype for celebrating Halloween. Even some people do not know anything about Halloween :(

      I wish you the best success for your business :)

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  8. Jack

    hey there

    Thanks for sharing this content with us I have found some great tips I can take away with me.

    I love the way you have rote this article about jack to get a point across, it makes sense to me and is written very well.

    thanks again I will share this post with a couple of my friends as they would also be interested as well.

    ~Jack

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Jack, thanks for reading it too. You just shown some positive attitude in your comment :) Glad if you understand it and thank you for willing to share it.

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  9. Lynne

    Thanks for such an interesting article. In South Africa we also don’t really get into the Halloween thing.
    I never knew all the history behind the Halloween traditions, so thank you for sharing all of that.
    Personally I love traditions and anything fun is great in my eyes. I love a reason to celebrate! Perhaps I should start something silly at home for the family.
    I love reading in gossip magazines about all the celebrities and celebrations in USA, the Halloween costumes and of course who went with their kids to buy pumpkins!

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Lynne, you’re welcome. Well you may start with trick-o-treat to your own family and neighbors :) Who knows this tradition will grow for the next few years because people love to do it :)

      Yes, I’m with you in this one. Since my country do not really into Halloween thing, I like to see the Halloween celebration in other countries like USA. Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. Elma

    Hi, Alblue!

    Your article about Halloween is interesting to read.
    I didn´t know that it comes from Western Europa; you see I am from Sweden, and here we have not celebrated Halloween until the later part of -90es. I like the picture on top of the page where you are sitting looking at the view.
    I wish you much success with your story telling.

    Elma

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Elma! Thank you for visiting.

      Yes, at first I thought the Halloween is originally come from America :) Is Halloween Festival an annual hype in Sweden? South east Asian country like mine usually not that hyped for celebrating Halloween, and it is a bit sad that we don’t have the trick-or-treat tradition :(

      Thank you for your compliment about the picture. Wish you the best success too.

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  11. Jackie

    Hi! Really interesting history on Halloween and jack-o-lanterns. The post reminded me of one of those “moral of the story” tales. Page layout looks great, good balance between pictures, and other web elements. However, I think you could use help with grammar and wording choice. Overall, great idea marrying positive thinking with the Halloween story! :)

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    1. Alblue (Post author)

      Hi Jackie. Yes, reading the history of Jack O’ Lantern may feel a bit like reading a fairy tale. I’m surprised that it also have a good message about positive attitude :)

      Ah yes thank you for concern. English is not my mother tongue so I’m still learning to write in proper English and deliver the best to all of my readers.

      Glad you like it and wish you a success! :)

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