Don’t Waste Your Wishes

“Lester was given a magic wish/ By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree, /And with his wish he wished for two more wishes—/So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three. /And with each one of these /He simply wished for three more wishes, /Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new. /And with each of these twelve /He slyly wished for three more wishes. /Which added up to forty-six—or is it fifty-two? /Well anyway, he used each wish aTo wish for wishes ‘til he had /Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four. /And then he spread them on the ground /And skipped and sang, and then sat down /And wished for more. /And more… And more… They multiplied /While other people smiled and cried /And loved and reached and touched and felt. /Lester sat amid his wealth /Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold. /Sat and counted—and grew old. /And then one Thursday night they found him /Dead—with his wishes piled around him. /And they counted the lot and found that not /A single one was missing. /All shiny and new—here, take a few /And think of Lester as you do. /In a world of apples and kisses and shoes /He wasted his wishes on wishing.” -Shel Silverstein

 

 #journeytohandstand challenge day 24: flying pigeon. Today I made a wish on a dandelion. I wished for the focus, determination, strength, and flexibility to attempt this new arm balance. I didn’t wish for success or perfection. I just wished to try. So often we wish for things outside our bounds. We push ourselves past our limits physically and mentally. Our egos want things that our bodies can’t yet handle. But, when we back off, when we make an attempt and do what we can in that moment, a beautiful thing happens: we can accept ourselves for who we are and enjoy the journey rather than focusing on an end result which will always be tantalizingly out of reach. Today as I wished on that dandelion, my wish came true. I attempted this pose. I raised my back leg off the ground. I found balance. There is something beautiful about an imperfect work-in-progress. You can see your body being challenged and settling into something new and daring. So, thank you dandelion for checking my ego and giving me the wings to fly. I enjoyed my single, simple wish. 

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