“If there’s a single lesson that life teaches us, it’s that wishing doesn’t make it so.”
Jen’s challenge this week, Wish, coincidentally was introduced on International Women’s Day. My opening quote reminds us that although we may wish for an end to discrimination of all kinds – against women or anyone else for that matter – wishing doesn’t make it so.
“Wishes don’t change the world. Only actions will do that job.”
For example, we might wish that families everywhere would have easy access to clean water. But many do not. A simple google search on clean water charities will bring up dozens of organizations committed to addressing this issue. Several get high grades for their work including charitywater.org/donate/home and http://www.wateraidamerica.org/ . Think about what a donation might mean to someone in need and remember you can do more than wish their problems would go away.
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
We might wish that all children would be born into loving families eager to nourish and provide for them. Sadly that is not the way of the world. But many organizations exist to address this need as well, including highly-rated http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6146405/k.C7E9/About_Us.htm . Yet another opportunity to do more than wish there were something you could do.
“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”
Are you lucky enough to have been blessed with brothers and sisters who love you? Siblings you can call any time, knowing if you need help they are there for you? Rather than wish everyone were so lucky, think about donating to Big Brothers and Sisters at https://www.bbbs.org/ or better yet, think about becoming a big brother or sister yourself.
“Apparently, the world is not a wish-granting factory.”
Ever wish there were no longer people going to bed hungry? Try googling charities to end hunger and see how many organizations are working hard to feed the planet. http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/ gets high marks for its efforts in this area. You can help them to help others.
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
Clearly there is a heightened interest in activism these days. The “Day Without Women” March was organized to demonstrate the importance of women to the economy. I am hopeful that today’s incredibly strong women are also focused on the needs of the less fortunate among us. Wouldn’t it be amazing if WE, the women of the world, were the ones to make a real difference in the lives of the less fortunate among us?