If you could have one wish, what would it be …

If you could have one wish, what would it be …
Abby Crawford

Would you turn back time to relive a glorious past, or perhaps launch into the future for a glimpse of what could be?

Would you stop the devastation of world hunger, or wish for the winning numbers in a life-changing lottery? Would you wish someone could mend your broken heart, or would you wish you could soar through the sky with the wings of a bird? Tell me, what would you wish for?

It feels like the wish that everyone is wishing right now is for the end of lockdown. But before you offer that as your wish, please dig deeper. Lockdown is an annoyance, a disruption – but ultimately an action of protection.

Yes, it feels like being a child sent to our rooms for something we didn’t do – it feels unfair, and exhausting. But choose a wish much more powerful than that, choose a wish that you can manifest, one that will bring you great comfort and peace. This is what I have been doing. Wishing for something that will bring me great peace. And it helps.

It helps because I have my goal to work for, and I have my timeline in mind. And I am able to use this time in lockdown, to build and manifest this wish. Yes, I’ve had to dig deeper to find it. And yes, I have had to fight feeling overwhelmed and overcome by lockdowns. By the time you read this, I will have celebrated a “Big 0” birthday in lockdown – not in the style I imagined. And my son will have celebrated a “you’re now an adult” birthday in lockdown – not with the party he planned. But while this is not what we wanted, the wish I am wishing is not for lockdown to end.

It’s quite simply to find my path to be the best version of me I can be. And I am using this time in lockdown, to sit quietly and reflect on who I thought I would be. And I’m asking myself some pretty honest questions, and I’m putting some plans in place to get me to where I think I should be. I think it’s called self-discovery, and it’s the wish that I wish we could all have.

You see, through self-discovery we can learn why we do things, why we fight things, why we feel rebellious or fearful or shy. We discover what is important to us, and how we want to feel. We assess our own values, and shine a light on our truths. And if we were all enlightened, well maybe our wishes could come true.

An enlightened world would resolve world hunger, and solve the disputes of the earth. There would be no need for wishes to escape this moment to live in the past, nor the future. No broken hearts, but only hearts soaring like birds. My wish is we all could find contentment, love for each other, protection of our community, and patience with our own hearts.

My wish is we use this time wisely, and we have the strength to emerge from restrictions better for the time spent on ourselves.

So, tell me, what do you wish for … •

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