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How to Fulfill Your Wishes

Updated on October 17, 2015

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride - English Proverb


If Wishes Were Horses

I gave up on wishes gradually as I found that planning and action work better, but may have lost some of the romantic in life in their discard.

However, I have always believed that dreams can come true and can see that wishes and dreams are often intertwined. Perhaps they are sister concepts not along a straight line continuum. Perhaps a dream begins as a small wish that gains momemtum and animation in our thoughts and then in our spirits. It becomes a part of us that action can achieve.

I think my dreams are coming true, even in overcoming adversity throughout life.

No societal system or country is perfect. In a free country, there is concomitant corruption running alongside creativity, because of the exercise of free will and the inability to control all of the people all of the time.I think I live in a country where choices can make dreams come true.

Wishes won't wash dishes.

— American Proverb

Wishes Come True With Action

Wish-dreams, then, take effort and action, including changing a presidential administration or a law that is ineffective and making one's voice heard.

This is accomplished in a number of ways, including thinking creatively, daydreaming, organizing, planning, building community, voting, standing one's ground, holding firm to hope, and even praying. This all can be hard word, but rewarding, and one hopes - some fun.

My Three Practical Wishes:

  1. That people would actually BE quiet in library "quiet areas."
  2. That more people could learn to observe Personal Space boundaries-- It's becoming more difficult with the increasing population worldwide. A comedian said recently that in 770 more years after 2008, there will be 10 people to each square yard of land on earth. I think it will happen sooner and that overpopulation causes some forms of violence.
  3. That children would be taught manners and self respect at the same time.

Thank you.

How Can One Fulfill Wishes?

There are ways to handle my practical wishes that should work over time.

I have spoken with librarians in the several facilities I frequent and they assured me that they had been busy and needed to have had their attention drawn to the circumstance of noise in quiet areas. One of the libraries had lost a roving security guard to budget cuts, but arranged for "walk-a-rounds" to rotate among the staff, which welcomed the opportunity to walk a bit, rather than to stand in one place or sit for prolonged periods of time. At another, a library manager began taking regular hourly rounds and putting his attention to the quiet area in order to determine the who, what, and when of the noise.

As for personal space, I have begun to incorporate this concept more fully into the physical activities I instruct. In addition, I look more forwardly toward possible encroachment of my space and have begun to tell individuals that they are standing too close. If their behavior seems invasive, I use a loud voice; if it seems careless, use a softer tone. I also have scheduled a longer period of committed personal "alone" time daily, which will inoculate me against crowd freneticsm. Finally, I have renewed my personal-space expanding exercise movements daily (I had not considered them to be permanent activities, but within an increasing population density, they are).

As for children learning self respect and manners at once, I will simply continue this in my classes, continue to work toward eliminating abuse in all forms, and handle the outside world as always.

A psychiatrist colleague across the country told me during the Welfare to Work initiative in the 1990s that there is simply too much treat and train effectively -- Just respond to positive words, actions, and results with more interaction; and disengage with the others whever it is practical. I think this is good advise - do not engage with disrespect, but promote programs that help children keep their self esteem while they respect others.

If I live to grow old, as I find I go down, Let this be my fate in a country town; May I have a warm house, with a stone at my gate, And a cleanly young girl to rub my bald pate. May I govern my passions with an absolute sway, Grow wiser and better as my strength wears away, Without gout or stone, by a gentle decay.

— Walter Pope in The Old Man's Wish.

What's In a Wish?

Proverbs furnish us with summaries of conventional wisdom from the past and here are a few about wishes.

If a man could have half his wishes, he would double his troubles. -- Ben Franklin. -- A bit cynical, or true?

And the evil wish is most evil to the wisher. -- Hesiod.


We cannot wish for that we know not. -- Voltaire

On the other hand:

I dream of things that never were and say why not? -- Robert F. Kennedy


May the light always find you on a dreary day.

When you need to be home, may you find your way.

May you always have courage to take a chance

And never find frogs in your underpants.


Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes. -- Chinese Proverb.

Wishes won't wash dishes. -- American Proverb.

Overall, there is likley a place for idle wishes and daydreaming for clearing the brain, also bringing about innovative ideas and changes that can better life; and a place for wish-dreams to gain animation and flight to charge ahead and make the changes that make life better.

Sometimes Wishes Must Be Stronger


Sometimes They Need to Be Strong As Elephants

Tiny Dreams Can Grow

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Wish Granters

The following sites include charitable organizations and other sites that look interesting and at least harmless to try.

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Think again, awoodog - Would you enjoy seeing senior citizens suffering daily - physically shoved forcefully out of the way and knocked down to the floor and sidewalk in libraries, groceries, and church services by younger men and women (not teens or kids); even in the higher income areas of town. Few help them; police, rarely. Would you enjoy being one of them, let alone seeing one being treated in this way?

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      8 years ago from B.C. Canada

      Cool hub, I hope you get your wishes. I hope you find happiness in the end that's where the wishes matter.I too like my personal space, but if I don't have it I can still enjoy the day.

      All the best to you and your dreams.

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      hloniphizwe zulu 

      8 years ago

      wish we all wishes or dream of GODS love. we are HIS love, tell that to all, horses (dreams & wishes) will be soon riden . " JAHZ promulgation of preservation"

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I bet they did sing it at some point, William. I recall that my father liked the Ink Spots and I've always appreciated them as well, after I heard their recordins as an adult.

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      William F Torpey 

      9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I'm not sure now if the Ink Spots ever did sing "Boulevard of Broken Dreams." The Website I checked say they never recorded it, but either I heard them sing it on radio or I got the song confused with "Street of Dreams." I just wanted to set the record straight. But I still love the song... and the Ink Spots.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thank you very much for reading, pariprashneno, and for your kind words. I agree that all wishes are dear to each individual and we should respect that, imo.

    • pariprashneno profile image


      9 years ago from Kolkata, India

      I love this hubpage and thank you Patty Inglish, MS for your this great job. We may differ in our opinions but we all wish to fulfill our wishes. This will help many to do that, regards

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for making all the comments and sharing experiences, Everyone!

      William - I have heard Boulevard of Broken Dreams, but not by the Inkspots, so I am going to look for that one. It's a moving song; and Chriostopher Walken did a parody that was still moving, in its way. Thanks for reminding me of it all. I also appreciate the Salvation Army.

      sixty - Amazingly, I just read a book combining physics and dreams a bit before doing this Hub, so there must be a dimensional highway down that path and I'll share that book as well.

      selvirajin - as I was thinking about dreams, yes, I simply just came across these photos that could be used.

      Success - Thanks you for commenting and Denise - My wishes began to come true just after I completed this Hub. Action can create fullfillment - Once I made a list of things needed to fulfill a goal and the items seemed to take care of themselves as I finished writing the last one. I think there is a Sci-Fi book in that somewhere.


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      Clive Fagan 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Patty It's almost as though this hub has become a dream catcher in it's own right. We are what we dream. Martin Luther King 'I have a dream" and look what that led to!

    • denisewrtr37 profile image


      10 years ago from Philadelphia

      Interesting hub! I enjoyed it! I think all people have wishes and dreams.

      I hope your wishes come true!

    • SuccessStream profile image


      10 years ago from Israel

      Great hub, Enjoyed the read!

    • selvirajan profile image


      10 years ago from India

      Patty, I enjoyed my stay here. Especially i'm wondering the photographs, they just came your way? Perfect design and arrangement, shows your hardwork. The broken horse in wood is very nice.

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 

      10 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Enjoyed this immensely, Patty. I do a lot of dreaming, but mostly for a "White Christmas." One of my favorite songs is "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" as sung by the Ink Spots. Thanks for mentioning my candidacy for president in your interesting poll (By the way, that's one of my wishes: To be elected president.) My favorite of all charities is the Salvation Army. Good fun!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      qlcoach - Thank you for enjoying this page and leaving encouraging words. I have visited your and look forward to much more.

      VioletSun - May I visit you in the country? My exercises help me a lot in the city and I have the sense that part of the 4:00am or 5:00 Tai Chi Chuan sets performed in China is to bring space as well as calm and awareness. Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim in California wrote her own set of energy exercises which are very fine. But the geese have the golden knowledge of old. I want to join them as student gosling :)

      compu-friend! - Up with fun! Up with Torpey! But Up with Evilpants as well... No, not up THE Evilpants. hahahaha  

    • compu-smart profile image


      10 years ago from London UK

      Wow Patty! This is such a fun and eye opener hub!

      I wish you all the future success and luck in the world!

      PS..William F. Torpey for President in 2008:)

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      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I enjoyed reading your wishes hub, and the paragraph about personal space caught my attention. Having moved from a congested city to a rural town, I am still in awe at how much space I have nowadays. My spouse and I were walking in the park the other day, and noticed how the geese were relaxing around each other, but each one had space between them- so in essence its in Nature that animals have space between each other for comfort. Never paid attention to this before.

      Thumbs up!

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      Gary Eby 

      10 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Beautifully crafted Hub that instills hope and makes us smile. Thank you for sharing this. We must start believing that we have the power to obtain what we need and desire. Also please feel free to see how I try to help others in new ways too. Sincerely: Gary Eby, author and therapist.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hi Christoph - the horse scultupture made me uncomonly sad as well, so seemed pertinent. It is actually one of several in a group and is simply the horse in a resting attitude, but alone - how horrid.

      Thanks for the rhyming lines!

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      Christoph Reilly 

      10 years ago from St. Louis

      Hi Patti!

      Wishers Have Their Wishes and Dreams are for Dreamers;

      Thinkers Ride Fishes and Do'ers Drive Beemers

      Thanks for the great hub. Thought provoking and funny, except I find that sculpture of the broken horse unbearably sad. Maybe I should go to a shrink and look at some ink blots.

      Thanks again.


    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks eveybody!

      Storytellersarus & Life by Design (great names) - glad it gave you a laugh.

      Sixty - Of course I must see your other comment....

      Just_Rodney: So true!

      BT - was your dad a railroad worker from the UK or a colony by any chance? -- I think I've heard that in the family histories somewhere. :)

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      B.T. Evilpants 

      10 years ago from Hell, MI

      Thanks for spreading the word, Patty! My Dear old dad once told me: "wish in one hand, and spit in the other, and see which one fills up first." He wasn't all that nice. He Was an Evilpants, afterall.

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      Clive Fagan 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Great Hub Never wish for something it may just come true and not in the way you wanted. See my comment on Bt s hub.

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      Rodney Fagan 

      10 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Great hub, I am reminded that we must with caution wish, as these may come true, they tend to but not in your timeframe, but in that timeframe of what is meant to be.

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      10 years ago from Australia

      What a fun great hub!

    • Storytellersrus profile image


      10 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      You made me laugh, Patty! I loved your wish list... and also the quotes.

    • Jerilee Wei profile image

      Jerilee Wei 

      10 years ago from United States

      The hub was fun! I was lucky to have both my grandmothers and all of my great-grandparents until my teens. Longevity rocks!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Gee, I set out to write something fun, but got all provocative I guess. Hope people have fun with it as well.

      I wish I'd had a grandmother in my life! Makes me happy to hear about yours, JW. 

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      Jerilee Wei 

      10 years ago from United States

      For me, a pleasant reminder of a grandmother who had an inclination to sprinkle every conversation with cliques -- If wishes were fishes, we'd have a big fry -- always a signal that catfish was on tonight's menu. Made me think, I wish "more people could write inspiring and thought-filled hubs, like you!

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      10 years ago

      I think it's fun, too.

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      desert blondie 

      10 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Really enjoyed this...I like the children/manners/self-respect one...and rather do believe the Ben Franklin "double one's troubles" proverb as well. Enjoy having my brain 'thought provoked' as you have here....good hub!


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