I’m a Jinx

You’ve Got Energy!

I believe we all have an energetic field around us, and that field emits an energy that betrays our emotions. In the alternative world, they call it an aura. My mother, from the time she was a little girl, could see auras around people. I also have a friend who can see auras, and in case you’re thinking this isn’t a useful talent, she said it helps her know which salesperson to approach. After all, when you’re parting with your hard -earned cash, at the very least you want it to be a pleasant experience. You don’t want to catch the salesperson on a bad day!

In this way, being able to see auras is a utile skill. It comes in handy in the marketplace. I’m sure there are a myriad of other uses, but that’s another subject. I once had a friend who couldn’t wear a watch because her energy caused the watch to run backwards. Bummer!

The idea here is that energy is real. You can’t see it, but it’s there. I’m accustomed to not being able to see things. It wasn’t until 4th grade that I knew the leaves on the trees were individual. I think there’s a term for that, “blind as a bat.” But imagine my amazement when I discovered individual leaves where beforehand I saw only green blurry clumps. My point being… I can’t see auras either, but I believe they’re there.

I have my own experiences with energy and it’s my story to tell. I can sense energy around certain people if it’s strong enough. Some people are naturally passionate, and their energy is easy to sense. I’m usually adept at sensing anger. I have a feeling you are too. People don’t have to wear a sign around the neck saying “Angry…stay away”. You usually get it. In my case, though, I can sense some energies from afar. This comes in handy. If I feel angry vibes coming from a room I’m about to enter, I head the other direction. I don’t look for trouble! This turns out to be a skill that has my back!

The Downside

Today I experienced the downside of my own energy. I can’t verify I’m on the right track with this, but here goes. I’ve decided my energy can be a jinx. It seems whenever I watch my favorite football team, I jinx them. I know this is probably what they call “magical thinking”, but it happens! As I walked into the living room, the score was 0-0. I was satisfied with that. They’d been playing a whole quarter and we weren’t headed yet for the agony of defeat. It didn’t take long, though. Five minutes later, they dropped the ball. It was then recovered by the other team, who then ran it back for a touchdown.

This isn’t the first time this has happened. My jinxsy energy has struck many times…from my body to the TV and straight to the players. I’ve been cheering for them for 25 years. I guess the best thing I could do for the team is to stop watching.

It does seem that whenever I’m watching someone show off their skills, I jinx them. Doesn’t matter who the players are, who the coach is, or whether we’re the home team or not. I have to face it. The common denominator is me.

I have to live with this, but I have a piece of advice for you.

Think twice before you invite me to your recital.


Hold Your Horses!

I usually close the bathroom door when I’m getting dressed. It’s what I do. However, my cats, once regarded as royalty, regard a closed door as a personal insult.

After a few noisy minutes, I was tired of hearing loud caterwauling on the other side of the door, and yelled out, “Hold your horses!. I’ll be ready in a minute.” 

Lightbulb Moment

Then it struck me. What does this idiom really mean and where did it originate? Who came up with this? I’m guessing it was a rancher.

But what made it stick? How was it able to stand the test of time and make it into the top 10 of our unconscious vocabulary? Did my cats have any idea what I was talking about? Do they even know what horses are? Yes, my tone of voice probably gave them a giant clue, but horses? Really?

I wonder how many idioms we use on a daily basis without a clue to their origins.


In case you’re interested, here’s a list of common idioms we use without questioning or examination:

 “Under the weather, spill the beans, sit on the fence, through thick and thin, once in a blue moon, hit the hay, stabbed in the back, kill two birds with one stone, piece of cake, takes two to tango, up in the air, costs an arm and a leg.”

Actually, the phrase, “piece of cake” came from the Royal Air Force in the late 1930’s to allude to an “easy mission.”

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s in America, people would stuff burlap sacks with hay to create a comfy bed. Hence, “hit the hay”.

Regarding “spill the beans”, in ancient Greece they used different colored beans for voting. The voting process was supposed to be anonymous. If someone spilled the bean jar they used to cast their votes, everyone would know how they voted.

These are just a few examples of things we take at face value without questioning or examination…not a bad thing…simply an observation.

What makes one old saying a keeper is another question.

As for the origin of “costs an arm and a leg”, I don’t even want to know!