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You make your own luck.

Welcome to  It's Friday.  It's Friday the thirteenth.  Now I'm not superstitious, but throughout the modern age this day has been marked as bad luck.  So on this forboding day we decided to have a little fun and look at the origins of friggatriskaidekaphobia  (Frigga being the Norse god of Friday and triskaidekaphoiba being the fear on the number 13.)

Wikipedia, the source for all facts Friday the 13th, offered these explanations and insights into the origins of this "phobia" .  (I know Wiki is an arguably questionable resource, but for this post, I thought it was perfectly fine).

Several theories have been proposed about the origin of the Friday the 13th superstition.

Some argue  that it is a modern amalgamation of two older superstitions: that thirteen is an unlucky number and that Friday is an unlucky day. (Clearly these folks had not yet invented the weekend.)

In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve hours of the clock, twelve gods of Olympus,twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, the 12 successors of Muhammad in Shia Islam, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper or a Norse myth, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the death of one of the diners.

Friday makes gains some of its "unlucky" connotations from Chaucer's 14th century work The Canterbury Tales.  This probably helped spread and popularize the supestition.  Further, there is evidence that many  professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects.

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina,an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United Statesare affected by a fear of this day making it the most feared day and date in history.  Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. "It's been estimated that $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day".

The Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics (CVS) on June 12, 2008, stated that "fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday than on other Fridays, because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home.  Statistically speaking, driving is slightly safer on Friday the 13th, at least in the Netherlands;in the last two years, Dutch insurers received reports of an average 7,800 traffic accidents each Friday; but the average figure when the 13th fell on a Friday was just 7,500."   Wikipedia

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines luck in this way:

A force that brings good fortune or adversity; the events or circumstance that operate for or against an individual;  favoring chance.  Merriam

It would be really hard to convince me that really unpleasant events and circumstances don't happen to people against their will sometimes.  But maybe it's not so much what happens to you, but how you respond to those events and circumstances that leads you to be defined by yourself and others as having good luck or bad luck?   What do you think?



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