A beautiful friend invited me to take part in a social experiment inspired by messages people wrote to the newly elected US President Obama. You can see the results of our experiment on how to make a wish below.
Our mission was simply to write down a wish and be photographed with it. I spent a lot of time thinking about my wish before hand and I think that reflective process is part of the joy of the exercise. Actually writing down your wish and presenting it to the world is a powerful way of committing yourself to your wish.
A few days later I heard a talk by a local musician Linsey Pollack who created a project called The Wishing Well for the Woodford Festival, a popular Australian music festival. The Wishing Well was a similar project with a more elaborate presentation but he also added a new twist where people also identified what was standing in the way of their wish and then buried it. They even put up tombstones and crosses for the mock funeral and it’s a powerful idea.
How to Make a Wish
- Come up with some wishes of your own or at least one of them.
- Write your wish down. Committing your wish to paper which will help you commit to it in every way.
- Now work out what’s standing between you and your wish. Is it fear? Anxiety? Doubt? Laziness? Time Constraints?
- Whatever it is bury it for good. Lay those mind sets to rest and start working on your wish.
Wishes can come true if you believe in them enough and start working on making them happen.
9 Wishes and a Funeral
I hope these wishes will inspire you to make some of your own.
I’m having a funeral and burying self-doubt today but there haven’t been any tears. RIP self-doubt. I won’t miss you.
What do you wish for and what’s stopping you from getting it?
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Many thanks to Andrej Kadacik for taking the photos and to the Noosa Biosphere Social Board and Bettina Walters for letting me share them and inspiring me to write about it.
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