"Beware what you set your heart upon. For it shall surely be yours."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I don't know about you, but I like dandelions.
Their cheery yellow heads are popping up in lawns and roadsides and cracks in sidewalks all over the place at this time of year. They may be weeds, but I love them just the same. We saw an entire crop of them in an empty lot this past weekend on the way to our baseball tournament in Kimberly, WI that looked like it had been cultivated in row upon row. It made me smile. And while I wouldn't wish for them to invade my own lawn (because that would make my husband crazy!), I do appreciate their tenacity, and I was remind that soon their yellow petals will give way to fuzzy puffs with all the promise of a million and one wishes.
Wishes are funny things.
They are our deepest hopes and desires for what will make us deliriously happy.
But what if you get all that you wish for? Are you prepared for that?
Wishes aren't real until you say them aloud, preferably to someone else. Because in doing that you make that desire known, you give it life, you send it off spiralling into the cosmos like so many dandelion fluffs so that it has the higher likelihood of coming true. If the Universe doesn't know what you want and you don't know what is possible, how can the circumstances collide? For I believe that a wish that you harbor only in your heart will never be made real. Maybe that is why when we were kids and we made our silent wish and then sent the puffs spiraling into space those never came true because we kept them only in our hearts.
A crucial component to wishes is that you have to have the vision to see when the Universe comes calling with opportunities that will bring that wish to fruition, and the courage to act on them. Too often people make wishes that are not rooted in reality. Or the they fail to see the open door in front of them. Or worse, they see that their wish could come true but sabotage the chance by turning away for fear or lack of foresight.
To wish for immortality is ridiculous. But to wish for a long and healthy life is a wish that is reality based and therefore achieveable with a myriad of opportunities that will present themselves for you to choose from to make it happen.
For my own part I would love to wish for the ability to just quit my job and sit around creating all day. That is not part of my reality. I have to work, if not for me, for my family. Rather it would be better to wish for an opportunity to do meaningful work for a company that would allow me to do what I do best... which is to write and design and inspire others to live up to their potential to be the creative people that I believe we all are called to be. I am not sure that such a position exists, but in confessing my wish to all of you, I have opened myself to the possibility and encouraged the Universe to align my desires with opportunities.
Puffing on that dandelion and wishing in my heart is not enough. There are a thousand little seeds that get planted from those dandelion puffs and any one of them could take hold and blossom into exactly that dream come true for me. I have to remember not to overlook those opportunities that could be disguised as weeds when I am looking for the roses to bloom.
These 'simple truths' pictured above are the limited edition pendants for July that were just mailed out to the 'simple truths sampler club.' I am trying a new finishing technique on them that I am quite delighted in, and as soon as all this baseball settles down, I will get back to making more. It is my hope that in creating a piece of jewelry with this piece that the designers are making a living mantra to remind the wearer that wishes aren't just a childish game we play with dandelion puffs on the breeze, but that we all have the power to make our deepest hopes and desires come true if we believe in them and we make manifest our wish.
What is your wish?
Enjoy the day!