I Wish

I wish….” are words we have all uttered at some stage of our lives.  Perhaps it is for something simple like a bar of dark chocolate or an ice cream, a new dress and the pair of the latest high fashion shoes that you saw in a shop window last week or a swish new BMW.

Some wish that christmas or a birthday will come around quickly so they can have the latest LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics Toolset, a Wii game, DVD or top notch radio controlled toy or if you are cold like me it might be Foot warmers!

While sitting in an office over a hot PC or laptop, or locked in the boardroom listening to someone droning on endlessly about poor sales figures, accounts diving into the red zone or the latest round of job cuts you may wish to be on a riverbank, fishing, swimming or drifting along in a punt with a cool glass of wine.  You may wish to be on a desert island walking along at the lapping waters edge, or on top of a mountain where the air is so pure it takes your breath away.

Be careful what you wish for.  Sometimes we get so locked into wishing for something that we lose all clear thought of what we are actually wishing for.  There is no such thing as a free lunch.  Each wish has a price and it may cost more than we are actually prepared to pay.

In recent months two examples were brought to our attention in the Media.  Susan Boyle spent years wishing to realise her dream of singing before a large audience.  She did achieve her dream but was not in any way ready to cope with the cost of so doing.

In an interview recently on the radio Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the UK admitted that he could walk away from the job of Prime Minister and not miss it.  He too had yearned for years to hold that position of high office.

So think well before you wish for something make sure that you are ready to cope with all it involves.

All this because I had a song going through my head all day yesterday!

21 thoughts on “I Wish

  1. Your post is a lesson for all of us. We have to learn to take the pros and cons in our stride. My wish is to own a beach side villa one day in the tropics. The con is of course the risk of being swept away in a tsunami, flying away in a storm, etc. None the less, I shall keep your words in mind. Thank you.

  2. I’d completely forgotten the NKC original, but I have the fabulous cover version by Chrissie Hynde which she stretches to 10 minutes with some great instrumentals.

    Look before you leap indeed. It’s easy to think a different kind of life would be much more enjoyable, without realising the unforeseen problems and responsibilities that might go with it.

  3. @Ashok – We all need dreams but we must be careful not to let them become an obsession that blocks out clear thinking.

    @Nick – Chrissie Hynde gives a nice rendition of the song.

  4. Grannymar, I suspect that this has something to do with my forthcoming post! Anyway, it is a post worth saving for posterity and you have just got that Nat King Cole song back into my head after decades of having forgotten it.

    Ashok, the beach side villa is a great wish to have. Forget the tsunami, think about the corrosion that takes place on all metal parts of the house, the constant cleaning up of salty surface from glass panels etc. I have lived in one and I know the expenses and the amount of back breaking work that you need to keep it in good shape. I think that is the more important part of the wishing coming true!

  5. Awww gee What a beautiful post & beautiful song.

    I’ve been watching So You Think You Can Dance on TV & wishing I’d stuck with dancing lessons. I’m seeing the very best in dancing & it’s unbelievable. There’s a lifetime of constant practice. And I wouldn’t want to be involved in the stress of the competition for the top prize. You gotta love what you choose for your work.

  6. @Brighid – We all need little dreams or carrots to keep us going and get us through the daily grind.

    @BHB – People who love their work are fortunate. Not everyone has that chance.

  7. Nat Cole? Smooth as double cream that voice…a pity, because his piano playing was even better……. I will have to look out that bundle of NKC vinyl I bought at the Oxfam shop …..

    I too often find myself wishing selfishly…. must stop that habit!

  8. @PaddyB – Welcome back to the blogosphere! Paddy’s Place will happen at the right time.

    @Magpie – I can just see you dancing with Lady Magpie to those old vinyl records. Is the new wooden floor sprung and will you chalk it?

  9. I think my wishes are for things that are not in the realm of the material, GM. And I have dreams, but never specific as I let the universe (Gaia) guide me. I think once we label a desire and give details to it, it falls far short of what we imagine it to be. Or has a huge payback of some kind.
    When I dreamed of a house by the ocean I was totally unspecific and wound up here whereas a lot of friends and rellies were telling me it had to be in Ireland. And I feel in my heart and soul that this is the best place in the world to be – for me.
    I hope I’m writing this clearly, it is hard to express.
    I can’t YouTube here and miss it, I love Nat.
    XO
    WWW

  10. @WWW – I read you loud and clear. I may not end my days where I am, I have no idea of where I would like to be but certainly have a list of places I don’t wish to go near.

    @BHB – WWW lives in Newfoundland for part of the year and Toronto for the remainder. The best of both worlds.

  11. No! No!…. I don’t dance any more and was never a good enough ballroom dancer for her…she’s got medals…. used to dance at school dances tho’! never without a partner there!

  12. Magpie,

    I hated school dances… girls dancing with girls, not my cup of tea at all! It must be why I am now so fond of Toyboys. ;)

  13. Had a fantastic voice didn’t he. . .Wish you love too Grannymar. Guilty as charged, I have lots of unfulfilled wishes but try not to dwell on them too much because indeed, you do have to be careful what you wish for . . .with the fulfillment of a wish, there always seems to be a catch. I wish I didn’t have to go to work today but . . .need the cash!

  14. As the saying goes; be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

    I do wish for things for others. I wish for a successful hip surgery for you, Grannymar, and a speedy recovery. Sometimes our wishes are small. I am wishing for cooler weather now. ;-)

    Nat King Cole was my favorite singer; I loved his smooth voice. There is a story about how he became a singer. He never intended to be one; he just wanted to play the piano. Someone told him to sing one night and a star was born. Too bad he died so young.

  15. Darlene,

    Thank you for your wishes.

    I knew there was a back story to Nat King Coles stardom, but had for gotten the details over time.

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