This post is part of A to Z Challenge for April 2016. For letter W, I am choosing Wish it? do it!
A to Z Challenge April 2016: W for Wish it? Do it!
Star light, Star bright
First Star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish, I wish tonight
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, How I wonder what you are…
This is how I start my lullaby for Bambi every night as I tuck her in. Often Bambi is too tired to say or ask anything by this time. But on few occasions she has closed her eyes tight and made a wish aloud such as ‘keep my Mommy happy always’, ‘I wish I get a la la loopsy baby’, ‘I wish I get lots of presents for my birthday etc. However since the time I have told her that you are not supposed to tell what you wish for, lest it not come true, she has been secretly making wishes.
Earlier this week one morning I found an eyelash on Bambi’s cheek. I carefully placed it on the back of my hand and asked her to blow it off while making a wish. I was told at a very early age by someone in school that it is a tradition that eyelashes found on the cheeks are lucky and that if we close our eyes and make a wish while blowing the lash off our hand, the wish comes true.
Bambi was amazed that an eyelash could make her wish come true. She asked me if I had ever had the opportunity to wish upon an eyelash or a star and if my wish ever came true. I told her I have been wishing upon eyelashes and stars since I was a little girl.
Do wishes really come true though? When I was about 8 years old, one evening while we were at the dinner table my brother found an eyelash on my cheek. When he told me about it I placed it on my hand and made a secret wish and blew it off. And then I casually asked my father if my wish would come true? Dad smiled and asked me if I had also asked my eyelash for the ability to make my wish come true! At the time I didn’t understand what Dad meant but today as a grown up and with my life experiences, I do clearly understand what Dad meant.
When we focus our mind on something we really wish for, we can make it happen and we will make it happen. Dad used to say ‘visualize yourself doing that something which you really wish you could do’. My Dad himself was a good example for it. Dad didn’t go to an English medium school and as a little boy he always wished he could speak and write English. Seemingly Dad used to collect English newspapers and he would read the entire newspaper as if he knew and understood English. He wished – if one day he could read an entire English newspaper and also understand it. That wish, Dad used to say, always gave him a reason to strive hard. Years later when Dad was 17 he won the prestigious Founders award for English Elocution at his college. Many years later his daughter (Yours Truly) won an inter school English Elocution competition for a speech that he had prepared for her.
Dad was right. Without the determination and passion to fulfill a wish, that wish isn’t going to come true. Now every time I blow off an eyelash, I remind myself exactly that.
So, do wishes ever come true? I would say of course they do but only when we make them come true. So if you have a wish, dream it, do it!