Chances are good that it’s not actually your birthday today. But that’s okay, because it’s mine and as such, I get to make a wish.
I’ve already got everything I want. I’m in a profession I love, with clients I adore. I’ve got an amazing family that supports me through all my craziness. I’ve got great friends who love me for me. I’ve got a roof over my head, and it doesn’t even leak. My refrigerator is full.
Life is good.
So, I figure, I’ve got this wish lingering, begging me to use it, and… I don’t need anything.
Then I remembered, it’s my wish, but that doesn’t mean I have to use it on me.
Remember all those cheesy times you could make a wish – on the first star, at 11:11, on dandelion puffs, and eyelashes?
Well, when I was about 9 or 10 and woke up to the fact that I was a spoiled white girl, I started using those wishes a little differently. I stopped wishing for more cheap plastic crap or ice cream or candy and I started closing my eyes and wishing with all the passion in me “for something good to happen.”
I would send the wish out to the world. If I’d heard of something sad happening somewhere, I’d send my wish to the people in that place. If I knew a friend was going through a rough time, I’d send the wish to them.
Sometimes I was the one in a rough patch and I would allow myself to soak up the wish.
It was vague, it was open, it didn’t seem too demanding. I didn’t need anything specific, Barbies and My Little Ponies weren’t the cure – the world just needed more good things.
The funny thing is – my wish always came true.
Because, good things happen. A lot.
So, today I am going to use my super power, my wish, and direct it at you.
I wish for something good to happen for you.
I wish for you to have the courage to ask for what you want.
I wish for you to have the wisdom to accept help when it is offered.
I wish for you to have strength and tenacity to keep reaching for your dreams, even when the odds seem stacked against you.
I wish for you to find happiness and to take pleasure in the fleeting moments, realizing that they are like pennies – when you add them up, they create a wonderful life.
I wish for you to have a day – one whole day – that you can devote just to yourself and your pleasure.
Today, I’m taking mine. I’m cranking my tunes and I’m spending the day in the kitchen cooking. I’m making new foods and revisiting old favorites. And when it’s all prepared, I’m sharing it with a small handful of people I love.
Today I am all smiles and no stress.
I wish that you too can find a day, one day out of a year of days, to take yourself out of the race and just… simmer.
I wish for good things to happen.