The Power of Wishful Thinking
I stood beside the sink and marveled while dad proved his manliness. He whipped lather in a cup with a steaming shaving brush. His face disappeared in glorious white foam. The swipe of a towel revealed his lips. In my memory he looks clownish. But shaving was too important to be funny when I was a kid.
I can still see clean skin appear while he casually pulled a gleaming Gillette over rugged stubble. I even hear the sound.
Grandfather Morrison was more civilized than dad. He used an electric razor. I couldn’t admire the metallic tapping of a safety razon on white porcelain, but I respected the accumulation of man-debris under the majestic floating heads. Occasionally he opened them to brush evidence of his manliness into a metal can by the sink.
It was thrilling when my whiskers started growing. So what if you needed a magnifying glass to see the little buggers. Mom dismissed them as peach fuzz. They meant more than peaches to me.
The Power of Wishful Thinking:
#1. Wishful thinking is a beginning.
Wishful thinking contains a longing to be heard.
What do you wish would come true in the next 3-months? What are you prepared to do today to make wishful thinking reality?
#2. Wishful thinking energizes hope.
Hope is vitality.
- Reflect on things that could be. What if?
- See potential where others see obstacles. How could this be the beginning of something glorious?
Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things…” Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption
#3. Wishful thinking has a darkside.
Don’t allow the darkside to drain energy from hope, but you should know about the “ought-is fallacy.” It’s when you assume the way you wish things to be is the way they are.
What can you do to make wishes come true?