Jennifer LaRue

I write it as I see it.

Are you superstitious?

I am, and always have been.

Not in walking-under-a-ladder sense; I mean, I OWN a black cat, for Pete’s sake.

But all my life, I’ve embraced superstition as a kind of protection against calamity. Though my intellect knows better, my heart has always held fast to the belief that if I embrace a superstition to keep something bad from happening, that something will not come to pass. It’s ridiculous, I know, but it’s been my talisman throughout my whole life. I’m not especially proud of it, but it is what it is, and it seems to have served me well over the years. Well, except for…. well, never mind.

More recently, I’ve been struck by the appearance in my life of written missives that seem magically to arrive at just the moment when I need to read them. This, too, is silly: I mean, how can the daily horoscope in The Hartford Courant have anything at all to do with what’s going on in my life? But, more often than not, and sometimes jaw-droppingly so, that little paragraph aimed at Sagittarians like me not only rings true but offers helpful advice.

Similarly, every morning I consult a book by Melody Beattie called The Language of Letting Go Journal. Based on Beattie’s book The Language of Letting Go, it offers a daily reflection and opportunity to reflect via journal entry. I am cycling through it for a second year, and I’m astounded at how, each day when I open it up, the same message it offered on the same date last year hits home once again. It’s not that I haven’t learned and grown, either; I think it’s precisely because I HAVE learned and grown that the same message has strong, but different, meaning to me a year later. It’s almost like it’s been waiting for me to be ready for it.

Most powerful of all, though, is an app a colleague recommended to me more than a year ago: The Pattern. To say it’s freaky how much The Pattern knows about my life, my heart, my mindset is an understatement; it really is almost scary. But it’s also extremely helpful to me, and when I read it I feel understood and supported.

I know some of you will have drifted away by now; I get it, and I probably would be rolling my eyes, too, if I hadn’t experienced these phenomena first-hand. But I have, and, as a pretty smart, pretty accomplished, kinda mature human being, I’m here to tell you that there’s something going on here.

And that something, I think, is the mysterious power of the universe to deliver exactly what each of us needs most, at the moment at which we need it most. All we have to do is keep our eyes, ears, and minds open enough to receive it when it’s delivered.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about all of this! Please share them in the comments!

One thought on “Very Superstitious

  1. Mary says:

    There’s nobody more superstitious than a baseball fan. Or maybe a sports fan in general. If something bad happens while you’re watching, it’s OBVIOUSLY all your fault because you were watching, so it’s necessary for you to stop watching.
    As Spock would say, illogical, but very human.
    I’m glad messages are reaching you when you need to hear them,?superstitious or not!

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