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.
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HOW I GOT HERE
I'm a writer, writing things that haven't brought me fame, but continue to involve me, inspire me to find an audience.
I started out as a modern dancer, contemporary, but balletic. I didn't want to be a swan, or a barefoot dancer. I wanted to dance to the music that thrilled me as a child, and made me want to be a dancer.
I began writing in the truck my first husband, Mark Ryder and I bought, in order to carry our set, props, and costumes for a long one-night-stands tour -- eighty-eighty performances in eighty-eight cities.
We were performing "Romeo and Juliet" nightly, but our marriage was breaking up. Every day while our stage manager drove us two-hundred miles or so to the next booking, I'd type a detailed description of last night -- what we did well, what we argued about, and a travelogue about the town, and comments from the people at the nightly party.
Recovering from the trip and the divorce, I sent my "car book" to a friend who said -- "Em, it's great, but ..." And that became rewrites, and another book. Then, my marriage to actor John Cullum, and then a play that got produced, and another book, big hopes because a famous agent loved it. The title and concept changed five times -- now it's been published, finally, as "Somebody, Woman of the Century." You can buy it, or read about it and my other five novels on Emily Frankel.com