Bally Shoes (source: Fine Art America)

I was already familiar with the phrase “waiting for the other shoe to drop,” but I just looked it up because I was curious as to how it entered the lexicon. The website “Idioms Online” provides this explanation:

“This is a seemingly murky but actually straightforward idiom. When someone is taking off their shoes or boots, they tend to drop them on the floor. When one shoe drops, the other will inevitably follow. This expression probably has its origin in boarding or rooming houses of the early 1900s, where residents were crowded into multiple tiny rooms and the walls were thin, or from multi-floor apartment dwellings in cities like New York and Chicago, where one tenant’s bedroom was always directly underneath another.”

Anyway, the reason that I was thinking about the phrase is because I don’t seem to be able to trust in the universe when things are going my way. I was looking forward to this month for a long time because so many good things are occurring in my horoscope simultaneously. Now that I’m here, everything just seems so easy for me — and that sort of stresses me out!

For instance, my workplace environment has not only become tolerable again, but I’m also enjoying going to work. The weather where I live has been cooperating with me, and I don’t feel as if I’m behind with my gardening. I had a dentist appointment earlier in the week that helped me get to the bottom of a minor health issue, and the cure for what ails me is a simple prescription that cost me three bucks. My body feels good despite all the yardwork I’ve been doing, my house is clean, my bills are getting paid, etc.

There’s no reason for me to feel pessimistic, but after a few years of being on the downswing, being on the upswing feels sort of foreign to me. Maybe there’s just something about my astrological makeup that makes me distrustful of good fortune. My sun/moon combo, for instance, doesn’t exactly make me view the world through rose-colored glasses.

Still, I need to enjoy the good times while they last. The other shoe will eventually drop, but for the foreseeable future, I don’t have a lot to worry about.

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