Every birthday was a chance to make a wish, and throughout my childhood I only remember wishing for two things: a pair of roller skates when I was very young, and a proper leather football. Those wishes spanned close to a decade but it was only some years later that I realised both had come true. For the last 25 years I have been wishing for my health and well-being. As with the roller skates and the football, they too have come my way. This post assumes that wishes can come true and asks the inevitable question: if we get what we wish for, then maybe what we already have is something for which we have already wished.
The title comes from a warning whose implication is that the wish is a vindictive one, or that the individual has not given any thought to the consequences of their longing. By suggesting that whatever we wish for may come true, the warning is meant to temper our unkindness when we are inclined to wish others misfortune; or make us consider the repercussions of our wish before we open our mouths. It compels us to become more conscious of our words and desires, and encourages the practice of right thought.
For that reason, it has its place, even though a more positive use of the phenomenon would make more sense: Be kind and wish for whatever you want. And while I’m at it, surely children should have the chance to wish every day of their lives, rather than just once a year when blowing out candles.
In any case, the intriguing flip side of this means that we have already wished for whatever is going on in our lives right now. It may not have been a conscious thought, but it’s possible that on a more subtle, subconscious level we expressed a desire which is currently being met. With that in mind, we can reverse engineer the present and discover more about how we influence our own lives (script). Once again, an increase in awareness can help us see more clearly the link between cause and effect.
It means we can take a fresh look at life and see that we are more responsible for the events in our lives than we may have been willing to accept. I shall explore this further in the next post, but for now there is no reason to blame the world or anyone in it for your circumstances, because they may be your own creation. Moreover, if you want things to be different, you don’t need to wait for someone to come along or for something to happen. Simply take responsibility and make a wish. Just be careful what you wish for.