“What do you wish…” is a common phrase asked to learn more about people’s wants and desires. What you would tell your younger self, or what someone needed to hear but didn’t at a particular time.

It is such a loaded question, asking so much yet can do so little to obtain your wish. Which wish, though? You wish for so many things in a day without even realizing it. Some may come true while others don’t. Some wish for too much, while others not enough. 

Whether your wish is inherently selfish or selfless, secret or public, shared or not, someone hears them all, sees them all, even if you don’t outwardly think or say your wishes out loud. Someone out there, a whimsical fairy, a little magical frog with a top hat, a religious figure, or maybe your local crossing guard, knows. They just do, just like how you know that a baby wants its mother or a dog wants to use the bathroom, or you get a strong feeling of unease around certain people and comfort around others. 

A wish can be so many things, but how often do we wish to know who sees our wishes? Who grants them – and who doesn’t? How often do we wish for the giver of wishes to give themselves a break, to go on a vacation, or do something they wish for, for once? Whenever we wish for something, whether it be on a shooting star, to ourselves, to someone else, we should wish for the giver of wishes, whomever they may be, to wish for something for themselves and therefore spread the same love and joy a wish can bring to those who selflessly grant them to us.

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    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    1 year ago

    Bella, welcome to Voice.Club. Shouldn’t there be a question mark at the end of your opening sentence, “What do you wish….”
    A very interesting discussion on wishes and the idea we should ask for the wish giver to share a wish too.

    Sandra James
    Sandra James(@sandra-james)
    1 year ago

    A very thoughtful piece, Bella, and especially the idea of wish-givers getting their wishes. Often they are selfless and deserve a little something. Well done and welcome to Voice.Club. You’ll find it inspiring, just like your story  ? 

    Marianna Pieterse
    Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
    1 year ago

    Bella, I enjoyed reading your story and liked the idea of the wish giver being granted a wish for a change! The last sentence made me think to consider what I might have taken for granted and to show more appreciation for the wishes that do come true.

    Linda Rock
    Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
    1 year ago

    A fascinating story, Bella. You are right when you say we make wishes every day without realising it. I’ve never given a wish giver a thought until now! They certainly do need rewarding. I love your take on the prompt and enjoyed your story immensely,

    Christer Norrlof
    Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
    1 year ago

    Interesting, unusual and wise reflections on the theme “wishing,” Bella. You are showing a generous and thoughtful personality in your presentation. I hope to be able to read more of you soon.

    Carrie OLeary
    Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
    1 year ago

    Hello, Bella and a warm welcome to Voice.club. It’s nice to see another younger member joining the family. We do take it for granted, don’t we, that there is someone there to grant our wishes? Who is it that we are asking to grant them? It’s a bit like the idea of the Genie in the lamp. If they had a wish, I think I know what theirs would be. A thought… Read more »

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    1 year ago

    Welcome to voice club, Bella. Your first story is very thought-provoking and fascinating. Well done. Keep on writing. 

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    Reply to  Bella Minyo
    1 year ago

    You’re welcome, Bella.

    Shobana Gomes
    Shobana Gomes(@shobana-gomes)
    1 year ago

    Yes, I agree that sometimes the wish giver needs a break too. We usually take them for granted:) Well done, the story actually opened my eyes to unanswered wishes and dreams.

    Greene M Wills
    Greene M Wills(@greene-m-wills)
    1 year ago

    I loved your reflection on wishes, Bella, and your style. I feel that wishes should be reciprocated, I agree. As a child, we had a tradition in my family: on your birthday, you had a present to give too. It was for the first one who was wishing you a happy day… My mom got many!

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