Riding along in the morning, I watched the lumps and bumps of the clouds’ gray edges. Though it looked like there ought to be, I knew there wouldn’t be any rain. After all, I had said out loud to no one in particular – stay away, rain. So, of course, it would.
The idea that the rain would stay away was bolstered by my having looked at the weather the night before – but beyond that, there is a part of me that sometimes subscribes to magical thinking.
Sitting here at my computer, I can logically dismantle magical thinking as ridiculous. But, unguarded and unchecked, when my mind is wandering, I still fall into the habit of thinking well, if I just … maybe, … will happen. As if my actions have any influence on the workings of the universe at large.
Wishing is probably the most ubiquitous kind of magical spell around, the unreasonable expectation that your thoughts have force and energy to act on the world.
– Psychology Today
I do this type of thinking when I’m planning a road trip. My default is to think everything will be perfect – everything from the weather, my feelings, to my interactions with people. Everything’s gonna be alright. And, for the most part – that’s how it usually goes.
Do I wish the outcome of a trip into being? Or am I really just adaptable or a glass half full kinda girl? Though I invariably meet challenges, each trip is dusted with a sparkle of perfection. When times get tough or things don’t happen as expected, I’m inclined to resort to “meant to be” or “blessing in disguise” thinking, and keep moving towards a silver lining.
If I believe my socks are lucky, are they? Apparently, there’s something to it. But in the end, the magical thing… is you. Your power, your perseverance, your drive, and positivity. You are your own lucky charm.
The influence of the charm depends crucially on your belief in its inherent powers. Once you acknowledge that performance is a function of what goes on in your brain rather than a product of any mystical properties of the object itself, it becomes useless. That feeling of “I can do this” will wither away as soon as you realize that nothing external, nothing mystical, will influence how you perform – it’s just you and your abilities.
– Scientific American