Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: SM Minute
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 08:26:10 -0500
Wrote this up after breakfast for tonight. Even if you don't meet on
Tuesdays you can always change the days:
Tuesday the Thirteenth
Anyone know what the date is today? The thirteenth. Sometimes on the
thirteenth I think of a character in a comic strip I used to see in the
paper. He was very superstitious and every month on the 13th he'd moan and
groan and say something like "Friday the 13th came on a Tuesday this month".
Now, a lot of people are superstitious about Friday the 13th, but I've never
heard of anyone else who was worried about Tuesday the 13th or Sunday the
13th or any other 13ths.
Anyway, getting back to the comic strip, sometimes something bad would
happen and this character would say that it was because "Friday the 13th
came on a Tuesday this month", or whatever day it was and blame it on bad luck.
Now, of course, being the 13th had nothing to do with it, and neither did
bad luck. Generally whatever happened was because of his own stupidity or
carelessness, or that of someone else.
And that's the way that bad luck often is. Sometimes it's truly because of
circumstances outside of anyone's control. But as often as not bad luck is
caused by carelessness, or lack of preparation, or by doing something dumb.
Good luck works the same, too. It's often a result of attention to detail
and being able to recognize potential opportunities and potential hazards,
and being prepared to act on that knowledge.
So when something happens don't be too quick to blame it on bad luck or good
luck. Examine the situation and perhaps you'll find that you've created
your own luck, either bad or good.
Mark W. Arend
Beaver Dam Community Library
311 N. Spring St. Outside of a dog, a book is
Beaver Dam, Wisc. 53916 man's best friend. Inside of
(920) 887-4631 (fax 887-4633) a dog it's too dark to read.