We have forgotten how to wish. We may make wishes on birthdays or holidays, but adulthood steals our grand dreams of a better world. An excess of reason tempers our thoughts and our deeds.
But only those who believe can move mountains and only the visionary can change the world. We ought to have the courage and spirit to wish and to dream and not sink into the humdrum routine of everyday life.
….Shooting stars are there to help us. They seem no bigger than your fingertip, yet their power is great. Whatever we wish the moment we see them fall will surely come to pass. It’s easy–all you have to do is think of the right thing to wish under a star-filled sky.
This is an excerpt from the foreword of the book Wish I May, Wish I Might, a compilation of all kinds of wishes of people from around the world, of all ages and walks of life, as compiled by Florian and Gabriele Langenscheidt. I bought this book in February 14, 1998 as a gift for my sister on Valentine’s Day. I was worried that she’s stressed out with her studies that she has forgotten the simple things that give us joy and hope–like making a wish. Some of my favorites are:
- I wish that people can have a little time for each other
- that everyone learns to read and write
- that I always don’t have to be superman
- to have a horse with a beautiful western saddle
- (in the picture) to turn into a mermaid and frolic with the fish
- (in the picture) to be a child again
- to find the fountain of youth
- (in the picture) never to leave home
The book has a space at the back where my sister can write her wishes. Let me share some:
June 15, 1998
That when I get rich, I will be able to buy a huge coaster to transport my friends from YFC to and from recollections and retreats.
July 21, 1998
That I will have a wonderful and happy family and be blessed with two (or at least one kid)
September 2, 1998
That I will get a job with Infopage (jusko Infopage pa talaga) this coming October to help me in my studies.
September 5, 1998
That I will get become a successful flight stewardess or businesswoman/owner of a boutique.
My sister now is 25 years old. Happily single and a member of Singles for Christ, waiting for her “suitor” to come over from Chicago. Not a flight stewardess, but a frequent flyer going to Hongkong, China, and Thailand. My sister and I agreed 3 nights ago after revisiting this book: SOMETIMES, IT’S NICE TO KNOW THAT WE DON’T GET WHAT WE EXACTLY WISHED FOR.
I dedicate this entry to my sister, Gilda C. Chan. And to my blog friend, Toni of Wifely Steps, who always reminds me the importance of going back to the simple joys of life….
So, what is your wish? 🙂