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.

Wishful thinking contains longings to be heard. Image of a boy with longing in his eyes.

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.

  1. Reflect on things that could be. What if?
  2. 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?

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