Words Have Power: Breaking Glass and the Law of Attraction
Words have power, I realized on Day 3.
At 75 mph on the interstate, I noticed the kitchen chairs piled high on the pickup truck in front of me had begun to rock, and I slowed waaaaaaay back. Â Why? Â Because of breaking glass, Â that’s why. Â Not that it had happened yet, but I knew it was only a matter of time unless I changed something.
Corporate America and the Military-Industrial Complex share some amusing buzz words. Â I’ve laughed at them over the years and even offered to make BUZZWORD BINGO cards for staff meetings so that when we hear words or phrases like these,Â we’ll mix a little fun in with the occasional tedium:
think outside the box
tip of the spear
peanut butter spread
The current Â buzz words I hear multiple times a day–every single work day–are
peeling back the onion
Every time some high-ranking person in a staff meeting or briefing mentions breaking glass, I have to stifle a fit of giggles. Â To them, they define breaking glass as “declaring an emergency” or “using emergency procedures” or “really defying the structures already in place to make something new and different happen.” Â Yep, that matches the meaning when it was the Urban Dictionary May 29, 2005 Word of the Day. Â But outside the conference room, it tends to mean something much less eloquent–“emergency sex” or “an emergency sex partner.”
THAT was Day 1.
Words have power, I thought, imagining breaking the glass over a fire alarm and pulling the lever down to declare that, well, that I was gonna MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN! Â I guess I thought a little too much about the physical “breaking glass” part and not enough about the “make something happen” part.
On the evening of Day 1, I pulled a pan out of a cabinet Â so I could cook dinner. Â All the other pans on the shelf shifted forward, but I caught them in time, reorganized them, and they were fine. Â I closed the cabinet, and as I turned around, everything shifted again. Â The pans lurched forward. Â Not enough to cause the cabinet door to open but just enough to shift the balance on the shelf and cause a large casserole dish on the shelf below to slide forward. Â The cabinet door burst open and huge glass dish slid out gracefully onto the tile floor. Â At the last second, the far end of the dish landed prettily on the floor, striking the tile just right, and exploding all over the kitchen.
I was standing on the other side of the cabinet door at the time or I would have had glass frags over that entire side of my body.
The entire kitchen floor was covered in glass–everything from 6-10 inch long blades to tiny diamond flecks on the floor, rugs, and countertops. Â Even after I vacuumed, mopped, and washed all the dishes in the cabinets, I spent the next several days finding shards that had flown into the breakfast area, den, home office, bathroom, and laundry room. Â The scatter pattern of the glass had a diameter of 50 feet!
“Breaking glass,” I muttered to myself, thinking about what I’d said earlier in the day about my intentions.
“Words have power,” I reminded myself. Â “Be careful what you think. Â Be careful what you say.”
On the morning of Day 2, I walked past my bedroom window while taking a few minutes to enjoy the outdoors and noticed a strange shadow near the top. Â A hole Â About three inches wide. Â Through one of the double panes. Â Glass inside. Â Shattered. Â Just like on my kitchen floor the night before.
“Breaking glass,” I murmured to myself again. Â “Words have power. Â Yes, they do!”
Late that evening, I was outside again and noticed that one of the glass candleholders that I’d taken down just prior to Hurricane Isaac had been knocked off its storage spot, presumably by a squirrel or lizard, and had shattered all over the stone patio.
I just shook my head. Â “Words have power. Â No more declaring that I’m going to break glass!”
So on Day 3, when through my windshield I saw the wobbly chairs atop the moving pickup, I decided, “No more breaking glass!”
That’s when I backed off.
But as a reminder to me, I will be more careful to watch what I think and to watch what I say–because sometimes we manifest the things we really don’t want.