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Extra Points – Wishing

Wishing            

I love The Twilight Zone. I started watching the iconic and groundbreaking series on Netflix from Season 1, Episode 1. Barb isn’t as big a fan, but she has tolerated it by sitting with me while playing games on her iPad, and occasionally glancing up (I know she is watching).

On Saturday, I did a mini-marathon and watched three episodes in a row. One was particularly interesting. A shopkeeper and his wife are given an old bottle by a customer. When they drop it, what comes out but a genie (and not Barbara Eden). The genie in the fedora grants them 4 wishes. The shopkeeper doesn’t put much thought into the consequences and finds himself **SPOILER ALERT 53 years LATER** in a bunker at the end of World War II as Hitler. He uses his last wish just to get back to where he was in the beginning.

It is very easy to wish our lives away. Right now I’m wishing that my Seahawks held on to win their playoff game, but I digress. Wishing is always trumped by action. Setting goals, having vision, thinking big, and having dreams for the future are all fine, and should be part of the process. But idly wishing without action by you (and not a genie in a fedora) ends up wasting your valuable time and sapping you of strength.

Many people set New Year’s Resolutions just a few weeks ago. Many were simply wishing. Others wee putting action into their wishes and are undoubtedly speeding towards those wishes. Which one are you?

© 2013 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote –
“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”
~Oscar Wilde

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