previous post. It was meant to be a rainy day surprise when he needed to give me a gift for a special occasion and couldn’t get out on his own due to his health issues this past year. He cleverly grabbed an opportunity to make the purchase without me knowing about it. Because I heard it was bad luck to open an umbrella indoors I went outside Christmas morning to unfold it to its fullest potential.
Where did the superstition come from? It seems in rainy old England the tough metal spokes in umbrellas, also used as walking sticks, were poking folks causing pain. Knickknacks were also being broken so it was simply smarter not to open one indoors.
An umbrella representing the goddess was for the elite only so ordinary people standing in its shade were supposedly bringers of bad luck. It was also thought that opening an umbrella in the shade as well as indoors insulted the Sun god Ra. Such ideas are great reminders that some knowledge that we hold true today will be the superstitions of tomorrow.
Mankind has long found comfort in superstition seeking reassurance through stories created to give meaning to the mystery of existence. Good luck or bad how can it be wrong to crave certainty in this vastly unknowable universe?
Whether keeping an umbrella closed to prevent disaster or breaking open a fortune cookie to peek at the days ahead we seek control in an unpredictable world. And who knows … there could be something knowable … hidden clues woven into the curtain separating today from tomorrow about the outcome of our choices that when realized could impact our futures.
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