Wishing Well

Some people seem convinced that wishing is an effective strategy for worldly attainment, so I think the concept warrants investigation.

I have a bunch of wishes which haven’t come to fruition. For instance, I want to live in a place where I can go for secluded walks on a scenic route right from my front door. I want the option to obtain meat from humanely raised sources. I want to support small local farms that do what they do for the love of it. I want to be surrounded by open-minded cheerful folk that celebrate diversity and value community while minding their own business. Oh, and I want to have the latest tech-offerings to play with.

If I want a drink, I walk to the kitchen and fill a glass with water. But wishes are different, less practical. There’s an end goal and a whole bunch of magic in the middle. The actual path is obscured or it would be a rational plan rather than a fanciful wish. So wishers are left waiting with nothing to do but entertain themselves as fulfillment manifests at its own pace.

For my wishes, my thoughts have provided no practical path, simply images of the things I want. And so I wait. Wish-proponents tend to say that I can influence fruition through ritualistic practice and visualization. But I tend to think fulfillment comes either way, that those activities are just ways of passing the time.

Yet ritualistic practice and visualization might serve to encourage anticipation and hope — which is a good thing. Think about it this way, is it more entertaining to think about the cell you’re locked within or to dream of life on the outside, of frolicking in the midday sun? Is it more pleasant to fill our heads with deficiency and gloom, or with idealized outcomes?

So I think wishers are right, that wishing instills hope, and allows one to weather the storm of lack. There is no disappointment to a wisher, only a delay in the inevitable. Whether wishing works to manifest wants doesn’t even matter, it’s a useful tool for constructing pleasant thoughts. In that sense, wishes always lead to a satisfied wisher.

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