Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

My goodness! Did you know there are websites specifically to tell you when a Friday the 13th will happen? It seems to occur 1-3 times a year. This year it will be in January and October. But seriously, why are there websites dedicated to this information? Well, yes, so I could look the information up for this blog, but…

Are there people who are truly obsessed with Friday the 13th (other than the movie fans – of which I am not)? Apparently so. According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, millions of Americans are afraid of Friday the 13th.

My personal opinion is that it’s superstitious baloney. Some other superstitions include
• It’s bad luck to walk under a ladder
• It’s bad luck to have a black cat cross your path. Double whammy if it happens on Halloween
• You’ll have seven years of bad luck if you break a mirror
• Some buildings don’t have a 13th floor
• Throwing salt over your shoulder keeps evil away
• Crossing your fingers brings good luck or denies the lie

It seems some of these superstitions were derived from events of the Last Supper, while others are ancient tribal stories. There doesn’t seem to be any evidence that these superstitions are fact-based truth. So, why are these beliefs so widely held? Most likely they are learned from the generations before us that believed them and then passed the information on to us. Sometimes, it’s a “better safe than sorry” thought.

A little research shows that bad luck can come at any time. It doesn’t have to be on Friday the 13th or after breaking a mirror. Good luck also can come at any time, sometimes even after you’ve walked under a ladder or don’t have your fingers crossed. Most of the “luck” we have (or don’t have) is of our own doing in the choices that we make.

Sure, accidents and unforeseen circumstances happen, but it’s not because it’s a particular day of the week. Sometimes stuff happens. Let’s face it, Friday the 13th is no different than the 13th on any other day of the week, or the 12th, or the 20th. It’s just a day, and most of what happens to you on any given day is up to you.

Today is Friday the 13th, and it’s okay.

Have a wonderful weekend.

*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, in the Raleigh area.*


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