Wish

1: to have a desire for (something, such as something unattainable)
2: to give expression to: bid
3 (a): to give form to; (b):  to express a want for; (c): to request in the form of a wish: order; (d):  to desire (a person or thing) to be as specified
4: to confer (something unwanted) on someone

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Etymology

Wish (v.): 12th century, Middle English wisshen, from Old English wȳscan; akin to Old High German wunskento “wish,” Sanskrit vāñchati “he wishes,” vanotihe “strives for” (related to: win)

 

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Wisdom

“To wish was to hope, and to hope was to expect” 

Jane Austen (1775—1817, English writer who first gave the novel its distinctly modern character through her treatment of ordinary people in everyday life; best known for "Sense and Sensibility," "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma," and "Mansfield Park")

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Jane-Austen

Wish it, believe it, and it will be so.” 

Deborah Smith (b. 1955, bestselling author of more than 35 novels of romance and women's fiction)

Bio Source:

Deborah Smith (b. 1955, bestselling author of more than 35 novels of romance and women's fiction)

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” 

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, longest First Lady of the United States having served from 1933-1945 changing the role: politician, diplomat, writer, humanitarian, and activist)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/eleanor-roosevelt-9463366

“When I was growing up I always wanted to be someone. Now I realize I should have been more specific.” 

Lily Tomlin (b. 1939, actress, comedian, and writer)

Bio Source:

www.biography.com/people/lily-tomlin-9508630

“You’re wishin’ too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be.” 

Elizabeth Gilbert (famed author of the bestselling memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love")

Bio Source:

www.ted.com/speakers/elizabeth_gilbert

“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.” 

George Eliot (1819-1880, pen name of Mary Ann Evans, one of the leading novelist of the 19th century; her novels were known for the realism and psychological insights)

Bio Source:

www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/eliot_george.shtml

“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.”

Mary Shelley (1797-1851, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, English Romantic novelist best known as the author of "Frankenstein")

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Mary-Wollstonecraft-Shelley

Meditation

“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.”

Mary Shelley

 

Why is it as women and highly creative beings we tend to give our power away to men with hopes that these men will imbue us with their increasing world power and privilege.

What is it we are wishing for?  Do we truly wish equality? Or have we too become greedy in our quest for power and prestige?

Somehow, we have read the cultural tealeaves, incorrectly, and have made these nonverbal deals with men that is no fault of their own, because they are unaware of these dynamics.

What if we focused on our own abilities and capabilities?  What if we saved and fought for our own souls instead of expecting to be rescued by some knight-in-shining armor.

With a great deal of persistent programming, we have somehow drunk the Koolaid.  Now that we aware, we are equipped to empower ourselves to live a life of joy, independence, and prosperity.

Be brave, wish, hope, and expect, sojourners!

Miraculously Yours, Tonya

 

 

 

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