When working to end poverty, the affected community, city, or country needs to be fully educated about the matter. They need to be taught how to analyze and recognize the underlying causes of their current situations. 125 more words
The other night, I was visiting some new friends, one of whom practices witchcraft. It happened to be the night of the super moon, and I had just seen a shooting star. It was settled: spells were to be crafted and cast! At (or around) midnight, a candle was lit, and some other things happened that ultimately lead to the first participant naming that which he desired to see (more of) happen in their life. In this case, they just wanted to be/remain happy. Apparently, there was no stipulation about keeping one's wish to themselves or anything like that.[caption id="attachment_2267" align="aligncenter" width="500"] This looks way more evocative than what we actually had to work with.
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Next thing I knew, it was my turn. I was to understand that there was nothing I could want that I should feel guilty about asking for even in the slightest, and that the only rule was that, whatever I asked for that was intended to be directed at others, positive or negative, would come back on me three fold. After much deliberation, I said that I couldn't go through with it because I had no idea what I wanted.
There were a lot of things I could have said, owing to the fact that there are a lot of things that I want, but I had no idea what I would have went with if I could only specify one thing. Maybe I didn't have to narrow it down. Maybe I could have stated more than one desire. Maybe I could have said something that's closer to number 7 on my list of 10 things I desire most in life (not that I really have such a list, but still, bare with me) and it still not ruin my chances of ever attaining items number 1, 2, 3 or 4, etc. in the future.
Maybe, it would have been okay to simply say, "I don't know what I want" as the official utterance bound to the workings of the spell. Who knows?
Anyways, time has passed, and having given it further thought, I feel more confident about what I would have liked to have said instead. I am relatively content with my place in life. I get by on little money, I have great friends, and all of my basic needs are pretty much met in a relatively stress-free manner. I don't require anything to increase my own personal happiness and well-being (though improvements would not be turned away). Instead, I want my life to have a positive influence/impact on the lives of others I come in contact with. Basically, I don't really want anything for myself if it doesn't come alongside of improvements (whatever form they may take) in the lives of others.
I'm not sure if I believe in witchcraft, or, even if there is something to it, if I particularly care one way or another, but I will state my wish here and now without concern for super moons, shooting stars, candles, or other trappings that I feel the universe ultimately sees through in discerning the desires of a person's heart:
I want other people's happiness to increase.
I feel that I would be satisfied in knowing that some of that increase in happiness comes from my place in their lives, subtle or otherwise, but more than that, however, I want this to apply to all people as a whole, regardless of whether I have any direct or contact with them or not. The fact is that there is a lot of strife in the world. A lot of that which depresses me comes from reading the news, hearing about the state that other places in the world are in (and more than a few that are much closer to home), and feeling helpless to do anything about it. So, if I could expand on that, my wish would be the same as that good old cliche line many of us hear over the holidays:
I wish for peace and goodwill for all.
If I can help facilitate the manifestation of that wish into the actual, help make that desire a reality for others, then like my friend Emily at seventeenbutterflymug, I would be happy to do so :)