“If I step on this crack, will the cat come back?”

Bad things happen. It’s an unfortunate part of life and being a citizen on this spinning orb that we call, earth.

But do our fears sometimes get in the way of progress? Of the ‘good things’ in life? Do we shy away from opportunities because they could spell F-A-I-L-U-R-E?

If you’re one who laughs at superstitions, perhaps even labelling them as ‘foolish’, remember, superstition takes on many forms.

Is the car going to breakdown just because you say it won’t? Will you be rejected for the position because you’ve told a few people that you’re a ‘shoe-in’?

That’s the way I often think. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve made sure to say the opposite of what I wished to occur, just to promote a favourable outcome. As if I could use mind control on the uncontrollable. Crazy! I know!

The truth is, like superstitions, most of the things that terrify us are nothing more than ‘Paper Tigers’.

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Most are purely benign.

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If you look beneath the surface of some, you might even discover something sweet!

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There are many circumstances beyond our control, but with perseverance we can learn to master our fear.

What superstitions haunt you? Free yourself with logic and optimism!

I’m certainly going to try.

 

 

 

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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

2 thoughts on ““If I step on this crack, will the cat come back?””

  1. I’m just as guilty Mark! I said a couple of times on a walk, “This is such a beautiful day.” Right after our dogs were attacked by a group of five dogs off their leash. They were fine, but still separating them wasn’t fun. I take the blame going on the second walk there and the same thing happening…but it did follow me saying that both times so I stopped saying it logical or not. I consider black cats and Friday the 13th though good luck. So, now we go on another route on our walk dodging cars instead of packs of dogs, but I still won’t say that until I’m home. Lol.

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