Oh this week, Fandango’s Provocative Question is a fun one!! Although, it pulls on my heart in two different ways…the selfish answer and the answer my heart longs for. So lets see if I can answer it both ways without dissolving into a puddle of guilt.
What three wishes would you ask the genie to grant you?
My selfish self immediately answers that with (1) to be skinny and healthy again – is that two wishes?; (2) to have enough money that I can see my family anytime and anywhere I want; and (3) be perfect. These are just fantasy dreams, right? I know nothing worth having comes without struggle. Ok…stopping here before the guilt takes over and I talk myself out of these three wishes.
Now, my practical, moral, God-fearing self answers the questions with (1) a world filled with kindness and compassion – is that two wishes again?; (2) equality; and (3) for the hurt to stop. That “hurt” can be as simple as people currently suffering from illnesses to the hurt people endure when their lives are destroyed.
I honestly want the latter three wishes over the selfish three wishes as the ripple effect from those three wishes would affect the entire world…universe even.
The immediately-answered selfish wishes serve no purpose other than to satisfy my own desires and are attainable (for the most part) with some effort. Except the “perfect” part. As R.E.M. so aptly put it in their song, I Believe, “golden words make practice, practice makes perfect, perfect is a fault, and fault lines change”. Perfection is not attainable. Unless you are making tiramisu.
Damn it, can I change one of my three wishes to an unlimited lifetime supply of perfect tiramisu?