Are You Superstitious?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

FingersCrossedJust when I thought it was safe to check my emails … there it is!  The dreaded chain letter staring at me from my Inbox.  It arrived early this morning as I sat down with my first cup of coffee for the day.  These types of emails are always unmistakable:  The subject line is a little teaser -- then after further inspection, you find you must pass the email forward in order to reap the promised financial abundance.  I know I shouldn’t be superstitious.  Yet, sometimes I get that undeniable twinge that gnaws at my conscience.  Innocently passed forward from well-meaning friends and family members -- what do you do?  Do you ignore them or pass them on?  Most everyone tells me, “Forget about them!  Just delete them, ignore them, and go on with your life!”  In other words, dismiss them as silly hoaxes.  Okay ... but what about those really "believable" stories that are always mentioned like:  All of the employees at the Acme Explosives Company forwarded this chain letter RIGHT BEFORE winning a ginormous lottery jackpot.  Or, someone collected a bazillion dollars just 2 days after forwarding this email.  You know ... I could really use a teeny, tiny, monetary windfall right now!

So, what's a girl to do -- hit the “Delete” button or the “Forward” button?  I’m feeling a slight sense of urgency and better make up my mind soon.  Because, according to the email, I only have 24 hours to respond ... or else.

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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Carie, I'm a delete person :)  And the same thing for all the Facebook status update challenges that indicate I'm not a certain ____________ (fill in blank as appropriate) if I don't copy and paste for an hour.  No thank you, this engineer doesn't want to play today.  Bill

Jan 30, 2012 03:53 AM #1
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I made a decision last year:  to not be superstitious anymore.  If a black cat walked in front of me during my daily walk, I turned around and took a different route!

Not anymore.  I decided to let it go.  They are silly after all - and there is a new sense of freedom in not worrying about my umbrella, or walking under a ladder (um, that's still kinda scary) or worrying about that black cat.

But when it comes to those emails:  DELETE.  Simple. 

Jan 30, 2012 03:54 AM #2
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Hey Carie I hit delete.  Since changing to Gmail and having all my emails go through Gmail I don't have to deal with this mess it goes to the spam box! Poof be gone.... :)

Jan 30, 2012 03:55 AM #3
Victor Zuniga
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties - San Diego, CA

Not superstitious at all. Chain letters are just another idea of a joke by someone who has too much time on their hands.

Jan 30, 2012 04:04 AM #4
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Delete it, if everybody started deleting them instead of passing them on, then they would disappear altogether and the problem will be solved.

Jan 30, 2012 04:13 AM #5
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

I'm voting for the delete button.  These kinds of emails do nothing more than clog up bandwidth on the internet.  All of the are a total waste of time.  Just like neurosurgeon Abdul Kamer Mustaffa Moustache Douche who has an important business arrangement that needs to be held in strictest confidence.....   just saying......

Jan 30, 2012 04:13 AM #6
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Carie - The ones I love are the ones warning about some dire computer virus that you're supposed to pass on to everyone you know, thus becoming a virus by self-replicating themselves. Easy delete.

Jan 30, 2012 04:59 AM #7
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
There's no place like home.

- delete -

Jan 30, 2012 05:22 AM #8
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Bill:  I don't spend much time on FB so I haven't seen those status update challenges.  Geez ... what will they think of next?  You're a smart man :)

Margaret:  I still kinda sorta think about ladders and broken mirrors and black cats.  I know it's silly -- and as you said, most superstitions are, right?

John:  Yes ... the spam filter has really helped a lot.  Yet, every once in awhile ... one of those little suckers slips by :)

Victor:  Great perspective!  I like your attitude :)

Malcolm:  Very good plan!  That would do the trick, for sure :)

Jeanne & Ralph:  I couldn't help but laugh at your comment!  Yes, those emails that ask for my bank account information so someone like the gentleman you described (love the name you used!) can deposit a bazillion dollars into it and in return, I will get a handsome reward :)

Dick:  Whoa!  Those are scary!

Alan:  OK ... :)


Jan 30, 2012 05:40 AM #9
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas


I have never cared for these emails because I understand others do not like to get them either.  However, this is my story. About 6 weeks or so ago, I received an email from my best friend and she said oh Mary you have to try this one.  It was one where if you passed it on to 7 friends within the X amount of time you would have good fortune.  I held my breath, said a prayer and passed it on. 

A few hours later, an old client of my from my massage practice years ago, emailed me and said she was finally ready to purchase a home, would I represent her.  I had sent the prayer email to her and when she emailed me I almost fell off of my chair.  Coincidence?  Didn't know but at the very least me sending off the email reminded her I was there. 

Then two days later, she again emailed me that an acquaintance from her church needed representation and could she give them my name.  Wow, this is no. 2, a bit of domino effect?

A couple of days later I received a call from someone I did not know and she wanted me to represent her in selling her house.  I asked her how she got my name and she had gone on my company website, looked at the agents and decided when she saw my photo that I could help her better than any one else. Was I interested.  No. 3

I am now working with my first client finding her a home, the second couple called me last week, we met and are now looking for a home for them, and I listed the home for the third caller.

You tell me, did the universe respond to the prayer that went along with the email?  I choose to believe that yes it did as it all began a couple of hours after I sent off the emails.

I don't pass many along, but I can safely say I am glad I did with this one.

Jan 30, 2012 10:41 AM #10
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC


I delete then on sight but I have too many friends and family members who are devout believers.  None of them have experienced the financial windfall, large or small but they keep sending the garbage around. 

I do think that an attitude of happy expectation  (expect a miracle, etc,)  works.  Studies have shown that prayer works even if the beneficiary of the prayers is unaware of the efforts in their behalf.  We live in a cool universe. 

Jan 30, 2012 03:40 PM #11
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Mary:  Wow ... quite a story indeed!  Thanks for sharing your experience :)

Marge:  What a great phrase: "attitude of happy expectation" ... I will have to use that from now on :)  And, I also agree with you -- this universe we live in is pretty awesome!

Jan 31, 2012 02:18 AM #12
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Carie - I delete them too; so many of them of just a way for folks to collect your email address. But, having said that, who knows-the universe works in mysterious ways.

Welcome to ActiveRain! If I can be of any help-just contact me.

Jan 31, 2012 11:58 PM #13
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Toni:  I agree ... the Universe sure does work in mysterious ways!  And, thanks so much for the warm welcome :)

Feb 01, 2012 03:48 AM #14
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I say delete. I am a firm believer in prayer but I even delete the chain letters that try to include prayer as well. Why? Because it is like believing that WE are in conrol instead of God. All we have to do is this to program Him to do OUR will. It just goes against everything that I believe.

Now... Welcome to ActiveRain!! So glad to have you and if you have any questions or need help, just ask. This is the GREATEST community around. Most folks LOVE to help others!!

Feb 01, 2012 05:53 AM #15
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Joni:  Thanks for your perspective!  And, thank you so much for the nice welcome ... I appreciate it very much :)

Feb 02, 2012 03:23 AM #16
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