My mom has been saying this to me for years and for the longest time I would treat it as just crazy Trinidadian witchcraft because, well, it's a common thing to think that you know more than your mother. I'm not saying that I'm a firm believer in this idea now, but man... sometimes you need to believe in ideas that might possibly be bigger than you. If doing something like that has the possibility of creating a better attitude and outlook within me, then I have nothing to lose in doing it. Whether I fully believe in it or not, I know that she believes strongly. And the fact that someone does, makes it seem possible.
I don't know if this makes any sense in relation, but it makes me think of the idea of whether or not you should tell your kids to believe in Santa Claus. I understand why certain parents wouldn't want to. Personally, I'm probably gonna tell my kids to believe in him. Not because I want to perpetuate a tradition and it's the common thing to do with kids, but because I want them to grow up and have the memory of believing in something that, at the time, was so much bigger than just them. The idea of doing that for them makes me believe that maybe they'll be open enough as an adult to try new things and to believe in things that are bigger than what they already know and to have a kind of hope in things that may or may not exist. And I'm not talking about anything religious here, I'm talking about believing in things that may be out of a person's realm of possibility. Especially since we're all so convinced that we know what we're doing all the time. That thought always blows my mind because a great deal of us have absolutely no idea sometimes and most are terrified to talk about it out loud. Forgive me, I'm getting a little away from my point here.
I'm really just saying that this idea from my mom might be something small (and something you may consider silly) for you to try, if there are any unpleasant thoughts surrounding you. Doesn't hurt to try something different once in awhile.