Tuesday, April 19, 2016

THREE WISHES

Wishes are for kids. 

Though I am a grownup, I still wish for things.

Like a child, I've given myself three wishes.

I try to make what I'm wishing for very practical, so that it could possibly come true.

I try to keep in mind "if wishes were horses, beggars would  ride."

I repeat to myself what Eleanor Roosevelt said --" “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”

WISH # ONE ...
I wish there were no ads on television.


Yep,  I am spending one of my three wishes on this even though I realize that ads are the king/queen/jackpot-maker of success on television.  Yep, television decorates my life -- it is on like a radio whenever we're in the kitchen, and I hate -- H A  T  E -- what ads have done to our minds. Ads cram my mind with unfactual facts about disease, politics, cars, and foods, while influencing our culture -- shaping a dumb-dumb corrupt reality.

WISH # TWO ...
I wish all religions of the world would stop warring with one another and accept each other.  

It's a big wish -- that all the different "God" beliefs -- Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism. Sikhism, Confucianism, Shinto, Taoism, Jainism, Baha'i, Zoroastrianism -- would stop hating and rejecting the other versions of God and right and wrong.
       I am using up a wish on this because I see and hear the huge conflict building in otherwise good people -- for instance, those who fear Islam, hate Islamics, and wish to destroy them. That hatred is destroying those people. I have to clear the decks and the various things in the world that keep me from focusing on what I want for me. 

WISH # THREE ... 
I wish I could go into the studio and dance my dance.

The choreography of my dance isn't steps. It's  the synchronization of movement with some wonderful  music -- "Fantasia On A Theme by Thomas Tallis," by R. Vaughn Williams. I have been dancing to this music every day for more than 15 years. The "dance" changes as I have changed, but the flow of thought that is my dance gives me joy. Like a prayer, it lifts up from my mind, my limitations, woes, wonderings, and vanities, and deeply involves me in just dancing my dance.

It's a bit nutty that I have a dance. but if you think of it as my prayer ritual, maybe you will nod, and understand.

I can't dance my dance and do my prayer when I feel the ads on TV and the potential war between world religions will destroy the world.




5 comments:

Carola said...

I love hearing about your dance.

Rick Binkley said...

Enjoyed your wishes,so true on the first, and the stuff they try and sell now. Second is age old, but things have improved slightly. When I was a child I couldn't date Catholics as a protestant, since they were going to hell. Now quite normal, my niece is now Catholic. And I hope you can continue to dance your dance as long as you want. So what are John's three wishes?

Bridgeletto said...

Em, from a psychiatric view, if on your third wish you wish for more wishes, you have a problem reckoned to be dealt with... just sayin' Jo Davidson @chowpawpaw on twitter

Lani Osterman said...

Hi Emily :)

A thought-provoking post, thank you.

Lani
@LaniOsterman

Cara said...

I love these sort of what-if questions, so here goes, in no particular order: 1) I wish an empathetic editor at a major publisher will help me put my novel on respected bestseller lists. 2) I wish that the advance will be enough to pay for the sustainable landscape designer I love to create an inviting garden at our house. 3) I wish my husband and I have a long healthy life together, both living to 100. (I want to list climate change, but for me that feels too big to think of in terms of something so humble as a wish.)

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