Tuesday, October 03, 2006
If you had one wish, one wish guaranteed to come true, what would it be?
I'm sure many people would wish for vast sums of money. Does money buy happiness, though? Of course not. Alas, there's no convincing a lot of people of that. Some people will do almost anything in the pursuit of money. Money can sometimes buy the means to happiness. It can buy the things that you think will make you happy. The money itself is no panacea, and the things can't make you happy. Using those things to help make the people you love happy could be happy-making. To a degree. The things in and of themselves are just ... things. One has to be careful to avoid winding up with a house full of things but empty of love and laughter and happiness.
I'm not sure what my wish would be. Certainly, it would require more than a few minutes' thought. I wouldn't waste my wish on money. I might wish for just enough to always be in my checking account to cover my needs, perhaps a few of my wants. That might be a pretty good thing.
Nor would I make the ubiquitous "beauty pageant" wish for world peace. It's a wonderful thought, but you and I know both know what the odds are. I'd never wish to be 25 again (too inexperienced), or president, queen, or prime minister of anything (too exhausting, too risky). I wouldn't squander my wish on longing to be married to a prince. Princes too often turn out to be toads, and who needs warts?
I might wish for good health for the rest of my life, be it a week, a month, or fifty years. As long as I had my health, I could continue to do the simple things that make me happy and the things I do for other people that make them happy. Yeah, that might be a pretty decent wish.
I'd need to give the final decision a lot of careful consideration, perform a really thorough due diligence on it. I learned a long time ago to be very, very careful what you wish for because you will always get it sooner or later, one way or another. It's the another I'm scared of.