Intro: Pounding bass note and a stirring fanfare of horns. Welcome to another edition of things to think about. Here's Stacy. The horns continue with a keyboard note held.
Relaxing piano music is in the background. Welcome to the Things To Think About Podcast where we use fables and fairy tales to come to deeper truths about our subconscious world. I’m Stacy Casson and today’s tale explores what to do when things don’t go your way. We will explore this topic in a tale I call, I Wish. And now, get comfortable and relax. Take a Deep Breathe in and exhale. A Deep Breath in, and exhale. Deep breath in and exhale. And if you'd like, you can slowly...close...your eyes.
Once upon a time, there was a golden key. We do not know the key’s intentions, but it lay in wait taking advantage of the sunny day to sparkle and twinkle. A magpie swooped down and picked up a piece of bread that was next to the key and flew back to the safety of its nest. Legs encased in colorful socks skipped along the path and stopped by the key. They were wearing gloves, so they did not feel the jolt of the spark the key gave off as they picked it up. They continued walking oblivious to the key’s plans. “I wish I didn’t have to go back to the office today.” That slight qualifier probably spared their life.
They heard the sirens as they neared the park exit. Across the street, they saw the flames. Their office was on fire! There a was crowd gathering on the sidewalk near the park entrance since that was their designated safety meet point. The firefighters made short work of the flames. The fire did not have the chance to do much damage, but they would need to close the office due to the smoke and to give time for cleanup. Ping! They looked at their phone and saw the text that they should gather their belongings and leave for the day. Smiling, they turned back and enjoyed the tranquility of the park.
“I wish I had a penny for every time I brought up the microwave during our safety meetings. Bet they wish they had listened to me.” Suddenly, several pennies appeared in their hands and quickly fell to the ground. “What on earth?” they whispered incredulously and watched the pennies clink and clatter as they stopped rolling on the path. Something weird was happening. To test it out, they tried something simple. “I wish I didn’t have to cook dinner tonight.” Their phone rang and their sense of unease grew. A friend was in town and wanted to know if they had any dinner plans. This was too weird.
“If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride” was something their Mother always told them. They told their friend to come and see them and they would build their own pizzas and catch up. How many wishes had they thrown away with casual words? Though no one was hurt in the fire, it gave them pause. They reflected on the day and realized that they normally would have had lunch in the cafeteria. They had gone to the park on a whim to clear their head. They realized they did not need a wish to make things happen. They preferred to have more control over the outcomes. Very carefully they took the key out of their pocket and gingerly pushed it into the dark soft soil by a tree. If the key had hands, I am certain it would have saluted. “Well played,” it thought and waited.
What if you found a magic key? Would you dare to wish? What would be the cost? You can create your own magic with intention. And now, you can take a deep breath in and exhale. A deep breath in and exhale. Deep breath in, and exhale. And when you're ready, wiggle your toes, wiggle your fingers, and slowly open your eyes. If you are enjoying this podcast, please subscribe and never miss an episode.
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