Today is Friday the 13th. A day traditionally said to be unlucky. A quick wiki search is fascinating. Evidently there are some who believe that Friday is generally a bad day. Hard to believe that there's anyone who doesn't like Friday, but to each his own!
And the number thirteen has been considered bad for centuries. If twelve is taken to mean complete (as in months in a year, number of apostles, signs in the zodiak, etc) then thirteen is unbalanced. And, therefore not good.
Now I'm not out to prove or disprove any of this. But I would like to throw out an idea. That much of what we consider bad luck is not really luck at all. But rather the natural outcome of choices we make.
For instance, there was probably nothing I could do to avoid getting laid off. But, having a car payment while being laid off isn't unlucky. The reason I have a car payment is because the car I wanted cost most than the cash I had. So I chose to use my credit and make payments to buy the car.
Now, the goal here isn't to judge anyone. Whatever decisions you made in the past are just that - in the past. If you can learn from them, that's fine. If not, let's just move on and concern ourselves with the decisions that we have to make today. Whether we were right or wrong in the past won't help us today or tomorrow.
But, at the same time, let's not lie to ourselves. Some choices that we make today put us in a position where bad things can happen to us. Yes, there are times when all of our choices are bad. You may be borrowing to keep a roof over your head or food in your kids' tummies. That's a bad choice, but if the alternative is to live in your car, then you're choosing the best option available to you.
On the other hand, sometimes there is a better choice. We can take last night's leftovers to work for lunch today, eliminate our entertainment budget or keep our current car or house longer. Borrowing to support a lifestyle is a choice. And, if later that choice comes back to bite us we shouldn't act surprised and blame it on Friday the 13th, bad luck or anything else.
So I won't wish you good luck on Friday the 13th. Rather I'll wish you good choices!