… that perches in the soul / And sings the tune without the words / and never stops at all." ~ Emily Dickinson
One of the last gifts my grandmother gave me before her death was a book of Emily Dickinson poems. To this day, this is probably the only poem I've memorized in its entirety. Though I've got quite a few stanza's of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven down for good measure.
Wednesday, which was Midsummer by the way, saw me working late. My cup of worketh runneth over, and so I stayed late wrapping up a few loose ends as well as yesterday's post. I finally left the office at eight, and headed home.
Finishing yesterday's post took a lot out of me mentally. I had hesitated with whether or not I was going to publish it, but realized if I don't show you this side of myself than I'm a big liar. Big, stinky, sailing down de-Nile river, liar!
So there I was, driving down, well up really as I was going north, the interstate with the windows down, no radio (couldn't hear it over the wind), speeding (it's what I do), with just my thoughts for company. And the occasional obscenity while I passed people on the right because they don't understand the concept that the left lane is for passing, not your leisurely Wednesday night drive. I was exhausted, both physically and mentally, hungry and uncomfortable (it may or may not have been "my special time"). I didn't hold out much hope for the evening other than dinner, maybe some reading or television, and bed, but…
… when I got home, I saw it.
My Flying Wish Paper. What is Flying Wish Paper you ask? Flying Wish Paper is "a whimsical kit to make your dreams come true."
Think of a special wish… your fondest dream, your deepest desire, your ambitions, concerns or burdens—and write it down on the Flying Wish Paper®. Shape your paper into a tube and place it on the Wish Platform®. Light the top edge of the tube and watch it burn down in a small, beautiful flame. At the last moment your wish magically lifts off the platform and rises to the heavens!
Not going to lie, I kind of made a big deal about it. I straightened up my living room, cleaned my bedroom, changed the sheets, took a shower even…. All before I sat down to write out my wish.
Now, when I purchased the Live Life bracelets, I also bought a bracelet for myself but had yet to put it on. And so I thought perhaps the perfect time to put it on would be after making my wishes with my Flying Wish Paper. So that's what I did.
They say everything happens for a reason. It's also said that Midsummer, or the Summer Solstice, is a powerful, albeit Pagan, day. So perhaps it was a sign that I was supposed to use my Flying Wish paper that night. Or maybe I've got enough childishness still left that I wanted to play with my new toy.
Either way, I stood on my little balcony that night and lit my wishes on fire. As I watched the little tubes become engulfed in flames, a feeling of peace, calm, and yes, hope, came over me. And after watching the fragments slowly float away in the warm stillness of the night, I made one more additional wish as I put my new bracelet on.
Here's to wishin'… and hopin'….
OH! Guest blogger on Monday… Dipshit, watch your back!