life as i know it

"...everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." -Sylvia Plath

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Sunday Scribblings - Three Wishes

I thought, if I could have three wishes, what would they be? What would I wish for? Would I wish for world peace? Or infinite health for all? Would I wish that every person in this world would know and experience love? Or would I wish that my debt would vanish? That finances would never again be a stress in my life? Would I wish to be able to travel all the continents? Or would I wish to become a world renowned writer?

As I thought, I realized that the wishes really didn’t matter. No matter what I wished for, the results would not be purely positive in nature. The challenges of life are necessary so that we may know the heights of beauty. And we always wish for things which we do not have. So suppose this hypothetical fairy were to come and offer to grant me three wishes, once those wishes were granted, I would likely find myself wishing for something else, something better, something different.

It’s not that I don’t believe in daydreams and fantasies. In fact, I’ve lived a lot of my life finding satisfaction in these precise ways. And yet our daydreams and fantasies will always leave us wanting. If we were to live out the fairy tales in our heads, reality could not equal the thrill of our imaginations.

And so, if this little fairy ever does decide to approach me and offer me wishes of my own choosing, I think I’ll have to say “thank you, but I’m not interested”. I’d rather let life deal it’s own cards. The path of life I’m walking is the one I am supposed to walk. I think I’ll let fate and destiny and God keep directing that path, and I’ll let the wish fairy pass me by.

20 Comments:

At 3:34 AM, Blogger bluepaul said...

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At 3:53 AM, Blogger megg said...

WOW. I have to think about this one a little more. wow. You have surprised and intrigued me again - how do you do it?! love to you my friend! xo

 
At 4:05 AM, Blogger susanlavonne said...

It's interesting how this week's topic made some writers delve deep and other's came up with more whimsical responses...
I like the approach you took and explained so well...but I must admit...I am still rather curious about what you would pick :-)
(I'm not asking for a response...just letting you know how intrigued/nosey I am :-)

 
At 4:07 AM, Blogger susanlavonne said...

that's funny...megg used the same word "intrigued" while i was busy trying to figure out how to spell it!

 
At 5:26 AM, Blogger paris parfait said...

I'm sure you must have some secret wish, because even faith and destiny require our participation to make things happen. I'm with Susan - curious! :)

 
At 5:29 AM, Blogger lisrobbe said...

Great approach taken. May the cards you are dealt in life be postive, rewarding and enriching ones.

 
At 7:46 AM, Blogger Jessie said...

oh man tara! you are not only brave you are awesome too! i started writing my three wishes and realized that i had so many more and that there was really no end to them and i wondered when it was that i started wanting so much.

i think you're onto something here. i wish i had more words...as i read i felt your words wrap around me. they just felt right. know what i mean?

i'm sending lots of love. :)

 
At 7:47 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

very good, I agree

 
At 8:25 AM, Anonymous beansprout said...

Very nice. Walking your walk no matter what comes your way...just as it is. Thanks for this.

 
At 9:24 AM, Blogger Tammy said...

I agree that the good and bad help us to grow. I still managed to come up with a few. :) Much love and happiness.

HUGS
Tammy

 
At 10:26 AM, Blogger tara dawn said...

Thank you all for your comments. They have inspired me to write another post...soon to come (in the next few days).
I truly appreciate each and every one of your words!
-Tara Dawn

 
At 10:51 AM, Blogger GoGo said...

Bold. A release into life as is, can be the scariest step to embrace. May those wishes not spoken come true as you find your authentic way forward.

 
At 10:54 AM, Blogger mab said...

good reply...well said!

mab

 
At 11:35 AM, Blogger la vie en rose said...

wow! you did something totally different with this prompt and i love. it's thought provoking and honest. thank you for this!

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger Susannah said...

'the challenges of life are necessary so that we may know the heights of beauty" - this is exactly what it is isn't it. you're so wise, beautiful girl, you really are
Sx

 
At 6:32 PM, Blogger boliyou said...

I'm impressed by your strength and pragmatism.

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger Somnambulist Seeker said...

Though I don't know that I would have the strength to say "no thanks" to the wish fairy, you make a very good point.

Many of the events of my life I would never have wished for - yet they have brought me ultimate benefit. In contrast, many of the things that I likely would have wished for at various forks in the road I've walked would likely have robbed me of some of those very same benefits.

Life is... what it is. I guess I'll have to see if the wish fairy does show up before I truly know how I'd respond, though. :-)

Great post.

 
At 10:51 PM, Blogger liz elayne said...

i was caught up in some similar thoughts when i first started thinking about this prompt...
i appreciate your perspective and the way in which your write my dear. beautiful.

 
At 12:36 AM, Blogger Amy said...

Buddha says that desire leads to sorrow because you're always wanting what you don't have. It's just easier to live, to be aware, and know that suffering is always optional. Lovely post...

 
At 1:55 PM, Blogger Mardougrrl said...

You know...I think you really WOULD turn away from the wish-granting fairy...that's a beautiful form of strength and faith.

I really liked your interpretation of this prompt. Thanks for this.

 

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