Blog Post #312
Today, I saw a hashtag on Twitter that intrigued me: #wishfulwednesday — and it got me thinking about wishes.
We all yearn for things and wishing seems to be part of our everyday life. We wish upon a star, we make wishes when we blow out our birthday candles, or when we blow on a dandelion gone to seed. We toss coins into wishing wells. We offer our best wishes and we snap a turkey “wishbone” in the hopes our fondest dreams come true.
Hopes and dreams, we all have them and we all, at one time or another, wish fervently for them to materialize. For instance, I wish would win the lottery — just once!
I have other wishes too — big ones — maybe impossible ones. Wishes for peace. Hopes for an end to intolerance and hate. Dreams of saving this planet and everything on it.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox, an American poet and author, penned this poem, which I think it fits well into this post.
Do you wish the world were better?
Let me tell you what to do:
Set a watch for your actions,
Keep them always straight and true;
Rid tour mind of selfish motives;
Let your thoughts be clean and high.
You can make a little Eden
Of the sphere you occupy.
Do you wish the world were wiser?
Well, suppose you made a start,
By accumulating wisdom
In the scrapbook of your heart:
Do not waste one page on folly;
Live to learn, and learn to live.
If you want to give men knowledge
You must get it, ere you give.
Do you wish the world were happy?
Then remember day by day
Just to scatter seeds of kindness
As you pass along the way;
For the pleasures of the many
May ofttimes traced to one,
As the hand that plants an acorn
Shelters armies from the sun.
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
What do you wish for?