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When I Wish Upon a Star . . . .

elections, God, peace, politicians, teachers, trust, Wishes

     A man, when he wishes, is the master of his fate. ~ Jose Ferrer 

I wish, I wish!  I wish for so much it makes my heart hurt.  Have you ever looked up at the night sky to see a falling star?  Oh, to be young again!  Seems silly to make wishes when we are older!  I don’t know about you but these days I find myself wishing all the time.  Some wishes are obvious while others are “out there.”   I wonder if you wish the same or similar things.  We can have personal wishes, family wishes, community wishes, country wishes and global wishes.  Do you keep a list of wishes tucked somewhere away in your heart or written somewhere?  I wonder if people from other nations have the same or similar wishes.  Maybe this is another way that connects us, makes us human, makes us who we are, but more importantly, makes us who we can be.  The promise of every wish lies within us.  Yes, we can change the world.  It starts with each of us.  We change, then others around us change, and they change those around them.  Get my meaning? 

     You are never given a wish without also being given the powerto make it true. You may have to work for it, however. ~ Richard Bach 

Here are just a few of my favorite wishes.   They are not ordered according to anything other than whim. 

I wish we would do more than just TALK about high gas prices.  If those who have better ideas, like compressed gas, then we should do all we can to make them work.   

I wish companies that produce packages for consumer products would also have a plan for recycling that packaging and products.

 

I wish we would all wear name tags.  We all talk about wanting to build communities and friendship.  Wouldn’t name tags be a great way to begin?

 

I wish teachers would be paid much more than athletes.  Teachers teach tomorrow’s leaders!  Athletes just perform for the masses.   Our children should not be short changed.  Really!  Who has let this happen?

 

I  wish GOOD teachers would be paid more than mediocre teachers.  Some teachers should just hang it up and switch careers because their passion has left, and it is obvious to all.

 

I wish our schools would receive enough to hire only the best teachers and that education would be subsidized by corporations. 

 

I wish America’s leaders would work for the people and not big corporations.  It is obvious that our politicians are not for us because they are surrounded by lobbyists.

 

I wish lobbying would be outlawed.  Let corporations compete honestly like the rest of us. 

 

I wish CEOs of big companies would accept a cap on their own and other executives’ wages and funnel more back to the front line employees and the consumers who patronize the companies.

 

I wish coupons were a thing of the past.  The world has changed and our limited time is better spent with family, not cutting coupons.  Companies could put the money they now place into coupon development, printing and distributing them into keeping costs down for consumers.  If they have a good product, consumers, I assure you, will know about it.  If I would compromise on this one, it would be:  Coupons only for new products so consumers would give it a try.  That’s it.

 

I wish that every one of us would take 10.  We should take 10 minutes every day just to sit in silence and ponder God and our role in the universe.    A lot can happen in that 10 minutes.  Try it; you will see.

 

     Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God. ~  Job 37:14 

I wish more people would attend church, a good church, one that makes them feel a bit uncomfortable once in a while as they realize their negative actions on others. A good church should not make you feel good about yourself all the time; it should make you feel like you know why you need God in your life.  I good  church should teach you enough so that you feel you can go into the world and make a difference, the right difference, for God and for our community. 

 I wish that most lawsuits would go to mediation rather than court.  Compromises can be found if we just try.    And lawyers have gotten enough of our money; time for a change there also.   

I wish that our judges would be appointed because they are good, not because they ran in an election and received money from supporting corporations or people who expect favors once their candidate is sitting on the bench.  We know politics is dirty.  Do we really want to elect judged who had to get dirty in order to run the race? 

 

I wish the people responsible for our political process would value the people they serve more highly.  Mudslinging wastes time and money.  We can’t afford either.    By the time the election comes around, we hate all candidates.  That’s not an election of the best platform, but an election of the lesser of the two (or so) evils.  “We dislike that candidate but we dislike the other more!”  Silly people. . . . .

 

I wish our schools would teach peace studies from preschool forward through college.  MAYBE we wouldn’t be so trigger happy when talking with our neighbors at home and abroad. 

 

     For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. ~  I Corinthians 14:33Seek peace, and pursue it.  ~  Psalms 34:14 

 

I wish Wisconsin colleges and universities would be free to all residents and subsidized by big corporations who expect to hire those college graduates.  They will want the best.  Well, the best might not be able to afford college, and with our collapsing markets, who will give out student loans?

 

I wish that skilled nursing facilities would be places of love first, not money first.  Unfortunately, our society places taking care of our elderly at or near the bottom of the list and money is running out.  Come on, people!  Step up to the plate and make this better for the elderly.  Some day you may be one of them. 

 

I wish that we were not all so sue happy.  Everyone I talk with is afraid of everyone else—just in case.  It should not be that way.  Intellectually, we all agree.  This stems from an unequal and unbalanced society.  We do not seem to be for anyone else but ourselves.  I wish we could turn that around and think of God first, then others, then ourselves.  I wish; I wish.

 

Some say wishing is a waste of time.  I say that wishing is only the beginning of making things right.  The wish is first, then the plan and then the action. 

 

I know I am not wasting my time “wishing.”  God hears my wishes and, like the loving Divine, He wishes for some of the same things I do.  Ah, but there is that thing He granted us called choice.  You see, we make our own choices.  We can make choices with ourselves in mind or make them based on what is best for all, even if we must compromise.        Who refreshes others will be refreshed.  ~  Proverbs 11:25 There is another aspect to our choices.  We can either tell God what we want or pray to God that our wishes, our wants, are in line with His.  You know the answer to that.  I would rather have God choose for me, so I pray for His will before my own.  That’s not easy, folks.  You know it!  God insists on a straight and narrow path and that is not easy by any means, but I would rather do that than go my own way, because God sees the big picture; I only see my own small part.  God is good.  God has not failed me yet.        If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. ~ Publilius Syrus     "Whosoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he." ~  Proverbs 16:20     With men it is impossible; but to God all things are possible. ~ Matthew 19:26

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