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Wishes and Changes

by | Apr 10, 2024 | Inspirational

My mother frequently responded to some of my comments with, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” Her mother probably told her the same thing. The saying was first recorded in a Scottish nursery rhyme in 1628. My grandmother was Scottish.

We all tend to float a few wishes into the universe. Whether we are comfortable or in desperate need, there are days when one of our thoughts starts with, “I wish . . . . “

Our community organizations have wishes, too. Every non-profit begins with hopes, plans, and wishes to make a difference in the world. The leaders wish to create a change for the better. The volunteers wish to serve and help others.

The list is long: community hospitals, homeless shelters, mentoring programs, food banks and feeding programs, educational and housing programs, and on and on. Each one wishes to make a difference and create a change.

It Wasn’t Gandhi

Gandhi is attributed as saying, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” It’s a great statement that fits his philosophy, but he didn’t say those words. In her1970s book, Love Principles,  Arlene Lorrance stated,  “We can harness the power of love by “being the change we want to see happen.”

If We Wish to See Change

To whomever we attribute the statement, the meaning is the same. If we wish to share our love for and improve the lives of others, we need to be the change. Through our gifts of time, money, knowledge, and networks, we can help community organizations create improvements in the lives of others.

We may wish to improve medical care or mental health, housing or safety, education or nutrition, clothing and shoes, visual inspiration and stress-relieving entertainment. In each case, our wishes aren’t horses, they need us to carry them forward.

It’s Spring and love is in the air. Make wishes come true by practicing one of Ms. Lorrance’s Love Principles. Be the change you want to see happen – somewhere.

About the Author

Karen Justice is a writer, traveler, mentor, and facilitator. She’s retired from a gazillion different jobs in fourteen states and three countries. They all involved teaching, enabling, promoting and writing in one way or another. You can reach her via her website, www.karenjustice.US