Wishing and Hoping and Dreaming
The word is wish and the challenge, at Jillsy Girl’s blog, was to interpret the word in a blog post. I chose to do a quick post on the Disney song, When You Wish Upon a Star and much conversation ensued.
And, I’ve been thinking about wishing ever since. I’ve wished for things in my life; every now and then I play the lottery-that’s a wish and a hope and a dream-right up until the moment I don’t win. Everyone has hopes and dreams and wishes, we also have plans and lists and goals. To wish is something remote and dreamy-it’s vague and not always in the realm of possibility. Any mother who’s said to a teenage child, ” I wish you’d stop dropping your dirty clothes on the bathroom floor”, knows that it’s not a very likely thing.
Wish is not an action word, it’s passive. I wish I had more clients, I wish my house was cleaner, I wish I had more hours in the day to write. None of these, alone, will bring about the change indicated in the wish. The sentence could be changed to “I wish I had more clients and tomorrow I plan to contact….”And, there the wish gives way to a plan- an action.
We can wish for others, because in that case there is no direct action to be taken on our part. The ‘doing’ is up to the individual. I can easily talk about the wishes I have for my children’s well being. And, you’ll here people saying “I wish I had….” with an emphasis on the past as if by wishing, in retrospect, we could change something that’s already happened.
My wish of the moment would be for time to sit in silence and do some reflecting and planning. The moment is there, all I have to do is make it happen!
What’s your take on wishing?