Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This post is for a writing challenge on the word "Wish". Every Tuesday there's a new word challenge. You can join HERE. 

This one was a little difficult. Much more difficult than "Rest". Wishes can be schmarmy if you aren't careful. I work very hard to write posts that don't sound schmarmy. I hope that I've succeeded here.

Wish is a word that extends itself to many more ideas. 

I see wish and I immediately think "Hope". 

I think "Joy".

Wish implies something otherworldly in our midst. Clouds and dandelions and the color blue. Laughter and summertime.

Wish seems to give without asking for anything in return. It suddenly turns up through no work of your own, and it gives you things that are beyond your wildest dreams.

When people wish, they generally wish big. They wish people back to life and they wish mansions on hills... or maybe they wish a vacation, time alone with the person they love.

But what about the "little wishers" -- all of those people who wish for things like a good day tomorrow, or a day free of unkindness?

What about the "necessity wishers" -- The people who just wish to have enough to feed their children or to pay their rent?

What about the "lonely wishers” -- who want someone to sit with them and let them know they aren't alone?

When we think of wishes, we think of magic. We think of wishing-for-more-wishes. 

I meditated on the word “wish” for two days. I thought about what I could write.

About how I wish my daughter was still alive.

About how I wish that my best childhood friend and I were on speaking terms again (baby loss = 30+ years of friendship down the drain… but that’s a story for another day.)

But I began thinking that maybe the focus of this shouldn’t be on me and my wishes. 

And maybe wishes aren't otherworldly. Maybe they do ask for something in return. What if I were to put a little elbow grease into the idea of wishing?

Or, maybe I can give away my wishes. I can make someone else’s wishes come true.

Maybe I can be someone’s dandelion seed. 

Maybe I can start working through the little things. I can’t send someone on a trip, or reunite long-lost lovers, but what can I do? What wishes can I "grant"?

The word "wish" had a soft feeling to it. It rolls out of your mouth almost like a whisper.

The soft feeling of the word wish belies the possibilities contained in the actual word. 

The word wish isn't just about joy or hope- it's about possibility, and possibility is almost always open to the choices we make. (Almost because everyone has life circumstances which are out of their control).

In my hands is the possibility to grant wishes. I don't mean that in a metaphysical way. I mean that I can open the door to possibilities that may make other people's {modest} wishes come true. 

Think about the possibilities here. 

We work so hard thinking that we should be the recipients of wish granting- but isn't it always better when we have given to others?

I think that I could maybe give someone a little bit of my help, if they are "necessity wishers".

A little bit of my ability to some "small wishers". 

And most importantly, a little bit of my time for some "lonely wishers".

Who wouldn't want to let that genie out of a bottle? 

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