Wish it. Will it. Do it.

28 02 2013
“…you will sooner or later experience something almost magical: the moment when your mind, led by your sense of yearning, embraces the next step toward the best life you are capable of living. This is the moment when desire stops being just a story about what might happen and becomes a template of what will happen; the moment when “I wish” becomes “I will.”
          — Martha Beck “The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life”
 

Earlier this week, I read a post over at “-200”, which made me cry. The post, titled “A life for my birthday”, shares Ben’s story of living in the depths of despair before deciding that instead of taking his own life, he would take action in his own life. I was moved by Ben’s honesty and depth of feeling, and by the fact that I recognized  Ben’s story as my own: different in particulars (of course), but very similar in essentials. (Thanks to April Hageman for sharing Ben’s blog with me!)

I can’t point to one moment. But I can point to a series of moments – and some very powerful experiences of intervention and grace – which led me to that magical point where “I wish” became “I will”…

…I will lose weight…

…I will make exercise a habit…

…I will learn how to eat healthy, whole, nourishing food…

…I will LIVE my life, not just wait it out.

The thing I didn’t realize, that I am still striving to learn in a visceral way every day, is that this particular magic will spur a person on to wishes they didn’t dare allow themselves before. And you’ll want to take these new desires and turn them into action too.

Wishful thinking. I know only too well the ways it can be a trap – it kept me sedentary and daydreaming my way through life for decades.

But wishful thinking can also be a catalyst once you’ve learned the trick of turning that desire into intention, and intention into action. Like all tricks worth knowing, you will have to talk yourself through it again and again (because practice is the only thing that perfects the technique). There are three simple steps:

1. Wish it.

2. Will it.

3. Do it.

Simple, I say. But not usually easy.

Joyful, but sometimes also painful.

Magic — as in “unfolding in wonder and awe”, not as in wand-waving incantations and instantaneous transfiguration. Practical, hard-won, life-changing magic. If Ben and I can do it, so can you.

Let your desire become intention.

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7 responses

28 02 2013
Ben C.

You damn right we can do it! Thanks!

28 02 2013
jenion

Ben – loved your post! I have difficulties with the comments section on your blog platform and had written a response then it was erased when I tried to post it and I didn’t get back to it. Happy belated birthday – glad you have made a new life for yourself 🙂

28 02 2013
thansen67

Timely thoughts for me this morning! Thank you!

28 02 2013
jenion

You are wonderful and beautiful, Tammy! Hope your day is a good one!

28 02 2013
Naomi Corridon

Thank you thank you thank you!!! I am stuck! The first 18 pounds flew off and now I am stuck and I am hating myself for being stuck. Your blog today hit the heart of what true magick is! Thank you! So simply put it’s breathtaking! And a bit overwhelming! I think I’ll read it again!

28 02 2013
jenion

Glad it struck a chord, Naomi! Hang in there, you’re not stuck, just moving forward on other fronts in your life. Making significant change takes lots more time than we’re led to believe in the media!

28 02 2013
Naomi Corridon

Indeed!

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