I wish I lived in a warmer climate. I wish I had more money to do the things I want to do. I wish I had a better relationship with my family. I wish, I wish, I wish… The vast majority of people, it seems, are always wishing for something they don’t have presently. Question: Did you win the lottery? Answer: I wish. This whole “wishing thing” seemed to begin in childhood. Here comes my birthday cake with five candles on top. “Now blow out your candles Tony and make a wish,” says Momma. So, I dutifully blow out all five candles (with a mixture of air and slobber) and say something inside like, I wish I had a new bike and then get back to the ‘real’ business of opening gifts. When we don’t like something someone says we exclaim, “I wish you wouldn’t speak to me that way!” We are a generation of wishers, wishing away our lives with wishful thinking, wishing we had something that we don’t have now. Is there really anything wrong with wanting something we don’t have right now? I don’t think so or how else would any of us get anything new or do anything different? The problem isn’t our desires necessarily, but the mode in which we approach those desires. (I wish I had a sandwich 😉 ) Too bad that genie from The Secret won’t show up and grant me those three wishes! LOL Have you ever looked up the word wish in the dictionary?
Wish /wiSH/ Verb – Feel or express a strong desire or hope for something that is not easily attainable; want something that cannot or probably will not happen.
Wow, I know, right? By definition to wish is to 1.) acknowledge that the thing you want will be hard to attain and 2.) that it either CANNOT or PROBABLY will not happen. And, if this isn’t too much of a stretch, when you use the verb “wish” what you are really saying is that chances are you will most likely NOT get what you want! (Oh I know, I wish it was otherwise…ha) My Dad used to say, “Wish in one hand and sh** in the other and see which gets filled up first!” He denies this of course, but hidden in that rather offensive analogy is a gem of truth. Those things you are wishing away your life on are not going to happen, that is unless you blend those idle wishes with something impactful like believing.
Believing is a marvelous thing, but I think often lost in the emotional charge of the word. When you say the word “believe,” people’s mind shift over to larger issues like belief in God or a belief in life after death. However, believing is something you and I do every day of our lives. You believe the alarm clock is going to go off at 6:30 a.m. And if you doubt that, you also set your phone alarm and maybe your watch. You believe at least one of them will go off. You believe that you are going to wake up. You believe that you will get in your car and that it will start. You believe that when you get to work your employer will still be at the same location and that you will still have your job. You believe the freeway will be there and that they haven’t shifted the freeways around overnight (thanks Dane Cook). You believe for good things to happen and you believe for bad things to happen (fear). So because you “wish” I wouldn’t keep using that word, I will use another one that means essentially the same thing – CERTAINTY!
Certainty by definition means a firm conviction that something is the case. Now, ask yourself, what things are you certain of? That is what you believe. Oprah called it, “Things I know for sure.” Your life at the present moment is a collection of those things you know for sure. The things that you are certain of aren’t necessarily true, but they are true for you. And because they are true for you, your life is a direct reflection of all those things (not everything…those things). So, before you can really make any meaningful changes or see any real results, you must work with yourself to become certain about the things you desire. Wishing aint gonna cut it! No-one achieves anything in life by wishing it would happen. Just the opposite occurs or nothing happens. Certainty is something you have down at your core. It’s not fleeting. It’s not here today, gone tomorrow. It’s something you just know! If you can get your mind there, something is going to happen; something is going to change!
This ol’ life is way too short to spend it away on wishful thinking. Change your impossibilities and improbabilities over to possibilities and probabilities. Don’t work yourself to the bone or pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. No, instead line your thinking up in harmony with what you desire for your life and hold that image in your mind until it changes from a possibility over to a certainty!
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Thanks so much “seekingmeaningfulness” for your comment. I wouldn’t eliminate the word, but get the meaning! I appreciate you!
Thank you so much for this great post! I never looked up the definition of “wish”. Now I know for certain not to use that word.
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I think people should change the word wish into “work.” Instead of I wish I had a nice house, I will work for a nice house. Small sacrifices and small steps will lead to big accomplishments and wishes can come true.