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Wishes – too much of a good thing


Think of all the things that people wish for, both material and immaterial. The great majority of the  time they don’t get all, or even most,  of what has been wished for –  be it more beauty, more brawn, more brains; more money, more love, more power. In addition to which, if we had received all that we thought we really wanted we’d become or have  some very grotesque things; such as the woman, or the flower, that takes the idea of beauty much too much too far. The wild orchid above seems to have done that.  If people really were able to acquire all they wanted there would be a world full very unhappy people with nothing left to strive for. Because all of us, whether we recognize it or not, need to have a goal. This is not to say that wishing for or striving for good things is a bad thing, but one should not be unhappy with smaller results. After all, wealthy and powerful people don’t really look much happier than the rest of us. We’re all capable of wanting and wishing for too much of a good thing and it seems to me that that wanting and wishing is really a goal that has been met. With that wanting and wishing we propel ourselves on to achieve goals we hadn’t even recognized until the achievement happened. And there is still the original goal remaining to strive for, thus maintaining our efforts. Would you rather have too much of a good thing or much of a good thing and intact goals?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

4 thoughts on “Wishes – too much of a good thing

  1. The wild orchid seems pretty bitter about life. I thought that orchids were supposed to be pretty flowers, so it not being beautiful most have made it so. As far as the beauty thing, I have seen at least women take that way too far with plastic surgery. As far as my goal for world domination, I don’t think it is asking much, so I’m just silently waiting for it to happen. I shouldn’t have to work for that one. It should be my right.

  2. Very poignant observation. All this wanting and wishing comes from inner poverty?

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