Article by Wendy McCance
Have you ever noticed a wish you made long ago come true? Over the years I have noticed wishes come true, but very slowly. In fact, so slowly that many times it took a while for it to occur to me that I had wished for what I received.
I remember being in high school and visiting a friend in a neighborhood not too far from where I lived. The area my friend lived in just charmed me. The neighborhood was rather big with winding streets, plenty of trees and colonial homes with covered porches that families would hang out on in the warmer months. The neighborhood also butted up against a private swim club that was well-known and popular among my friends.
I used to think that if only I could live in that neighborhood when I grew up, I would feel like I had made it in life.
Well, 17 years later, I live in that exact neighborhood. It wasn’t planned by any means. Our family was living in an upscale neighborhood with 5 bedrooms, 3 baths and almost 3,000 sq ft of living space. When the economy fell apart, my husband and I lost our jobs, and then our home. We were desperate to stay as close to the neighborhood we had called home for years so that our kids could stay in the same school district and remain close to their friends. We wanted to at least try to alleviate any disruption to their lives that we could.
Across the main street from the neighborhood where we were getting ready to leave was the neighborhood I had dreamt about as a kid. It was the only neighborhood we could afford if we wanted to keep the kids in the same school system.
We looked through the neighborhood and fell in love with one particular street. It was the prettiest street in the subdivision in our eyes. A few weeks after we began looking, a house came onto the market on the street we loved most. It had just the right amount of room for our family. We were only looking at homes that had 4 bedrooms so that each child could still have their own space. We had crossed our fingers and prayed that such a home existed in our price range.
That home, on the street we loved, in the subdivision I had wished to live in as a child is where we live now. It took 17 years for that wish to come true, but it did. It happened in the worst of circumstances, but it still happened.
I have seen my wishes play out like this several times over the years. A job I desperately wanted fell in my lap 5 years after I had applied for it. I had been wishing almost daily for a job at that company and still wanted the job desperately 5 years later.
I wished for a particular car, an Envoy with three rows of seats, a sunroof, in a champagne color and which was all the rage back in the late 90′s. In 2002, I got that exact car. I was shocked because it seemed so far out of my price range. I was able to get that car the same year I got the job I had wished for 5 years earlier.
The point is that wishes do come true. They just take their time before they are realized. Because of the length of time some of my wishes have taken to surface, I didn’t realize for quite some time that they were so important to me at one time or another.
I have often heard of putting together dream boards. An opportunity for you to put all of your dreams in a place that is visible. A better reminder of what you want in life. If I had made a dream board and referred back to it, I think I would have gotten serious goosebumps seeing first hand on a colored board what I had received over the years.
It does excite me to think of the things I have dreamt of the last few years. If those dreams come true one of these days, I will be living in a home on a lake with an in-ground pool. I will have several published books and an established career as an author.
It will be fun to look over these posts years from now and see if those wishes have materialized. If my past is any indication, I have no doubt that I am heading down that path.
What about you? Have you ever seen your dreams come true in unusual ways? How long does it take you for things to evolve and for your dreams to come true?
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