Is it a wish or a promise?
Don’t worry…this is not an infomercial
I have nothing to sell you. No promise that I have no magic potion that will help you for $19.95 + shipping and handling. I won’t even double your order for just a separate shipping and handling fee. Truly, I wish it was that simple!
Truly, I wish it was that simple!
Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution? Did you promise yourself that you would eat healthier, lose or gain weight, go to the gym regularly, quit some bad habit, or something equally heroic? I have. I can’t even tell you how many times I have missed the mark. I’ve even found myself deciding to make a New Week resolution. Don’t jump on that bandwagon. I found it was just a quicker route to epic fail!
How to tell the difference
It has occurred to me that I have always WISHED for my New Year’s Resolutions. I wished the problem to be settled. The reality is there was action necessary on my part to make that wish come true. I lacked motivation. As a result, my wish never came to be. Basically, a wish is just a day dream. It’s a nice thing. By itself, it won’t accomplish my goals.
A promise is by definition a declaration that something will (or will not) be done or given. Seems like I never took the step to promise myself that I would be more conscious of what I am eating and when. I did not promise myself that I would buy less junk food (or gasp!-None). In conclusion, I am going to have a do-over! Tomorrow is a new day and the best I can hope for is to promise myself to do a little better than yesterday.
A few reflections:
- I wish my house were neater
- I promise to throw away junk mail today
- I wish I was a more patient wife, mom, grandma, friend
- I promise to listen more than speak
- I wish I could train myself to use only nice words
- See above 🙂
- I wish I would quit jumping to conclusions (although it’s the only exercise I get some days)
- I promise to talk to God first.
- I wish the people I loved always felt loved by me
- I promise to make an effort to let them know in small and big ways whenever I can
Wish- verb (used with object)
- to want; desire; long for (usually followed by an infinitive or a clause)
- to desire (a person or thing) to be (as specified): to wish the problem settled.
- a declaration that something will or will not be done, given, etc., by one: unkept political promises.
- an express assurance on which expectation is to be based: promises that an enemy will not win.
- something that has the effect of an express assurance; an indication of what may be expected.