Warning! It’s Friday the 13th! Be Afraid!!

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Ever wonder why Friday the 13th has such an ominous reputation for bad things happening?  Well apparently this superstition goes back to ancient times, and if you really want the long boring details, just google Friday the 13th and you can read about it to your heart’s content.

But if you are easily disturbed, don’t read it today because it IS Friday the 13th, and you may just scare yourself into personal harm!

Remember the other superstitions we grew up with? Who did you learn them from? Here are a few that I remember, and I am sure you can add to these:

1. Step on a crack and break your Mother’s back.

2. It’s bad luck if a black cat crosses your path.

3. Don’t walk under a ladder. It’s bad luck.

4. If your palm itches, someone is going to give you money. (This one is my favorite.)

5. If you put some item of clothing on inside out, you must wear it that way. Otherwise, you will have bad luck.

6. If you spill salt, you must immediately throw some over your left shoulder. (I think I messed this one up sometimes, as I used to get my right and left mixed up.)

7. If you drop a fork, that means company’s coming. ( I think this was just a way to get us to wash the fork quickly, so the company could use it.) What happened if was a spoon?

My Grandmother (we called her Nanny) was particularly superstitious, and she told me many things with great conviction.  She really believed them, and lived by them.  She was a great teacher, and what she taught me was that belief systems are extremely powerful.

So I started reading lots of books to change and grow my belief systems that would change my life.And it was powerful. Sometimes I need a refresher course though. Since my favorite Grandmother is no longer around in the flesh, I refer to my books.

Nanny was a wise, generous woman with a few silly beliefs. But I loved her very much. Anyway, the lesson from Nanny. Choose what you believe. It becomes your reality much of the time. If you want good things to happen, believe they will. If you need help improving your belief system, (or thoughts) read some good books.  Here are a few of my favorites.

1. You’ll See It When You Believe It: The Way to Your Personal Transformation by Wayne W. Dyer

2. Think and Grow Rich  Napolean Hill

3. Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence Ben Carson, M.D.

4. The Power of Positive Thinking  Dr Norman Vincent Peale

5. Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life  by Maxwell Maltz

These are pretty old books that have been around a long time. But I have read them many times, and I think I will pick one up and start reading again today. Yes, on Friday the 13th.

(I’m too scared to do much else.)