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Friday the 13th

on January 13, 2012

Today is Friday the 13th…there are 3 of them this year all 13 weeks apart.   I just heard that bit of trivia on the radio.  There are a lot of people who feel that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. Friday the 13th occurs when the thirteenth day of a month falls on a Friday, which superstition (word of the day), holds to be a day of bad luck.   This day occurs at least once, but at most three times a year.   Several theories have been proposed about the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition.  One theory states that it is a combination of two older superstitions: that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day. The number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock,  twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, etc., whereas the number thirteen is considered irregular, changing this completeness.   In exceeding 12 by 1,13’s association with bad luck has to do with just being a little beyond completeness. Friday has been considered an unlucky day.  Many have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects. Black Friday has been associated with stock market crashes and other disasters since the 1800s. It has also been suggested that Friday has been considered an unlucky day because Jesus was crucified on a Friday. Fear of Friday the 13th, is the most widespread superstition in the United States today. Some people refuse to go to work on Friday the 13th; some won’t eat in restaurants and  many wouldn’t think of setting a wedding on the date.

This morning as I woke up to the sound of the radio, the first thing I heard was the announcement that today is Friday the 13th.   I then recalled how often over the past few days people have mentioned that Friday the 13th was approaching.   Sometimes I think that because people expect unlucky things to happen, they do.  I think that if we concentrate on the negative…often that is what we get.  It is so much better to concentrate on the positive and the good things that might happen.
Although I am aware of so very many superstitions and they occassionally cross my mind, I try not to let them affect me. 
Word of the Day…Superstition
A superstition is a belief, not based on knowledge, in the significance of a particular thing, or occurrence.   Superstition is a  silly belief arising from ignorance or fear.  It is any blindly accepted belief or notion.
Since a superstition is not based on truth or knowledge, I elect to ignore any significance to Friday the 13th. Instead of thinking about the day with uneasiness, I welcome the day with anticipation.   I expect to have a productive, happy and maybe even a “lucky” day! 
So my wish for you is Happy Friday the 13th….Have a wonderful day!

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