Inspiration: I Wish I Could…
“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential — for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.” Soren Kierkegaard
I wish I could…
When I read this week’s prompts from MamaKat’s Writers Workshop, the fourth one caught my eye; I wish I could… Straight away, all kinds of ideas started popping into my head inviting me to add them to my wishful thinking list. It was quite exhausting as there is so much that calls our attention of late. If we’ve paid attention to events around the world, we’d know that there isn’t a surfeit of remedies for the pain and suffering in the world.
Sure, the sages advice us to be at peace with conditions as life is temporary. I also know that many courageous people are doing their best to overcome, to find innovative ways to cope with poverty, ill-health, famine, unemployment, depression, water and food shortages, debt … and you get the picture of pain and, perhaps, possibility. Yet, the list is endless and, somehow, we are all touched by it; directly or indirectly. “The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.” Helen Keller… I wish I could bring an end to pain and suffering…
“Life affords no higher pleasure than that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.” Samuel Johnson
When I think back to some of the happiest times in my life, what stands out are not just the most abundant years or the years of bountiful activity. What truly stands out are the years spent connecting with nature on the family farm, connecting with friends, family and my childhood playmates, and enjoying the simplest things in life. I was transported back to some of those carefree, happy days when I read a post by, fellow blogger, Sony Fugaban of Yobynos.
Sony had a picture of a cashew fruit and, with lightening speed, I was transported back home, climbing fruit trees, reaching for guava, cashew fruit, sour sop, ube (native pear), udara (star apple), and a host of other exotic fruits that I don’t have access to here in the US. It made me wistful; even a tad sad that life has gotten so complicated. Then a thought came: Hold onto your wishes and your dreams for each one is a blessing that helps you plant a seed. “Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.” Baltasar Gracian. I wish I could reconnect with that place where fruits were abundant and free… I wish I could plant a banyan tree so all can have some rest and a place to eat. More below. 😉
“Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish; but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life” Epictetus
Recently, in Business Insider, I read about another major painting that will be coming up for auction through Sotheby’s next month. Apparently, it is one of only four originals of Edvard Munch‘s The Scream. This one is noted for its vibrancy and deep hues, and there is much excitement in the art world that it would probably fetch millions. I love art and pay attention to the whirlwind world of extravagant collections and collectors. This one definitely caught my attention.
Sometimes, I imagine how exciting it would be to own an original master, to be in the middle of a bidding frenzy and capture some of that excitement. I’ve attended auctions and I get the psychology of it all… Yes, it’s exhilarating and perhaps addictive… but I digress. “The fact is that people are good, if only their fundamental wishes are satisfied, their wish for affection and security. Give people affection and security, and they will give affection and be secure in their feelings and their behavior.” Abraham Maslow. Yes, I wish I could own Edvard Munch’s The Scream or Wassily Kandinsky’s Composition VII, and use the sale proceeds to fund scholarships and more for children around the world who hurt… I wish I could do more for humanity.
♥What are your thoughts? Do you have a heartfelt wish to share? What do you do with disappointments? If you could have a genie grant a few wishes, what would they be? Do share! ♥Happy ♥Wishful ♥Thinking ♥To ♥You! 🙂 Thank you. 😉
*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂
Positive Motivation Tip: Hold onto your wishes and your dreams for each one is a blessing that helps you plant a seed.
- Edvard Munch’s The Scream set for auction (cbc.ca)
- Fruit of Cashew, Cashew Apple Can Turn into Cash with Minimum Investment (chennaifocus.wordpress.com)
- The Scream’ Expected To Fetch $80M (myfoxny.com)
- NYC art sale to feature Munch’s ‘The Scream’ (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Sotheby’s to auction Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ (marketwatch.com)
- The Despair of Soren Kierkegaard (reexaminetoday.wordpress.com)
- Banyan trees (āoa) – lifeline for Samoa’s wildlife (pacificislandparks.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: REGRET… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Soren Kierkegaard on Teaching: Subjectivity Toward Pedagogical Insanity (danadesk.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter… And Happy New Year! (eof737.wordpress.com)