Notes from the Newsroom: If Wishes were Horses

By Jesse O. Walls

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day, when I said something I immediately wish I could have taken back. Almost instantly I felt I had chosen the wrong words in that situation and for days afterward those words haunted me.

This got me to thinking about how many times in life people wish for this or wish for that, without really taking the time to consider the effort needed to make things happen, or to repair damage that has been done. We just want to wish something into being or wish all our problems away, but life isn’t like that. In all things there must be effort on our part; for things to happen we must take action.

I was reminded of the old adage, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” We can wish our entire life away, but nothing is ever going to get accomplished until we take action. If what we are wishing for truly means anything to us, we have got to see it through—we have got to make it happen. Nothing gets done on its own.

And those times when we wish we could turn back the clock and change that one moment in time, though time travel is all but impossible, it is still possible to attempt to correct our mistakes, or at least improve our situation. It may take a little more work than it would have otherwise, but if the goal is really true and the wish really worth the time, it will be worth the extra effort.

Think about it. A treasure is worth more when you have to work for it. So be willing to put in that extra effort and when the time comes, be willing to take action. Trust me, it’s worth it.