Don’t knock your positive intentions

Yesterday I found myself consulting with a wonderful doctor. (Due to ironic school regulations, I had to drag a kid out of his sick bed to have someone else say, “Yep, he has a virus and should be resting.”)

Here’s what struck me. Each time I said something positive (and true) like, “My kids rarely get sick,” she said, “Knock wood.” (And yes, she reached out and knocked on something.)

Remember that? From childhood? What a throwback for me. I’m sure I froze the first time she said it, trying to grok it.

What relic of an old time and a mindset the world is quickly outgrowing: the idea that spit happens and there’s nothing you can do about it. That thinking positively risks invoking the wrath of whatever else had been planned. That you have no right to take your own destiny into your hands. That it is dangerous to think positively and enjoy a good life.

It struck me as so strange that I think we should all pat ourselves on the back! We’ve come a long way, baby! We are no longer afraid to dream our dreams and then do something about them, to change the course of our lives. We are increasingly accepting that positive change (and healing) can be easy, and that much more is possible than we have assumed in the past. Yeah!

Yes, we can change the world for the better. Let’s honor how we used to think, honor our shift, and then keep moving forward. Knocking on wood is no longer necessary. We knocked, and that door opened.

© 2012 Daria Boissonnas