Math was never one of my favorite subjects in school. As a student, numbers sometimes felt like a foreign language! But love them or hate them, numbers play a huge role in our daily lives. Think about it. Numbers organize our work calendars, determine our paychecks, and tell us when it’s quitting time! We use numbers in our leisure time to call a friend, find our favorite TV shows, and keep score at our athletic pursuits. Numbers identify exit ramps, mile markers, and speed limits necessary for navigation. Without numbers we wouldn’t even know how to dress for the day!
We’ve established that numbers are involved in everything that we do. But with the billions of numbers in the world, there is one number that seems to stand out among the rest. When asked to randomly pick a number between 1 and 10, more often than not, the number 7 is selected! There are 7 basic musical notes, 7 colors in the rainbow, 7 seas, 7 continents, and 7 days in a week. William Shakespeare described the 7 ages of man and Sinbad the Sailor made 7 voyages!
The number 7 just sounds good! Perhaps it’s because it is the only single digit number with two syllables. Would James Bond have the same mystique if he were 006 or 008? Of course not, he had to be 007. Think about how well “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” rolls right off your tongue. “Snow White and the Eight Dwarfs” just doesn’t seem to have the same ring to it!
Since the days of ancient Greece, the number 7 has been considered extremely lucky. In gambling, where luck is the name of the game, three 7’s make a blackjack, a big payout on a slot machine and a winner in the game of craps. Seven has the highest probability of occurring when rolling dice.
There is no question that the number 7 stands out in nature, religion, tradition, and superstition. But it’s the connection between the number 7 and good luck that especially appeals to me as Saline County Lifestyles celebrates our 7th Anniversary. We certainly feel “lucky” and honored to have had the opportunity to serve our community for the past 7 years. We thought it would be fitting to celebrate this anniversary with a number of articles that share the theme of luck. We look forward to being a part of your life for many more great years to come. Your town. Your life. Your magazine.