When You Wish Upon A Star

I saw a shooting star this morning.  I was driving on a two lane highway along the Truckee River, my whole family snug in the car.  At the same instant in the front seat my husband and I caught the star as it propelled against the midnight blue pre-dawn sky.  In the backseat all the kids got was a scientific explanation of how it happened. They missed it.

As I have each time I’ve seen this phenomenon, I made a wish.  I won’t say what it was – that would jinx it, right?  What I will say is that any chance I have gotten over the last 15 years I have been wishing the same wish without fail.

What would happen if you got what you wished for?

I saw a quote on someones Facebook wall that said, “Karma is a bitch.  So make sure that bitch is beautiful.”  I think about karma all the time.  Sometimes it’s the only way I can make sense of the senseless in the world.  But rarely do I think of karma in a negative way.  To me, karma happens in the ‘pay it forward’ sense.   What we do in our lives, how we treat others, the work we commit to, the love we share, the thoughts we think-all are how we place our spirits in positive alignment.

To think of karma in the negative sense may be comforting on some level, but productive?  Positive?  Peaceful?  I think not.  Karma isn’t fate – we all enter each day with unlimited choices.  Why some choose the negative and some the positive is unclear to me – to choose hate or harm over love and peace doesn’t make any sense.

As the sun rises over the mountain tops and the moon and stars fade for another day, once again I am challenged.  It is up to me to make my wish come true – no genie with a magic lantern or fairy godmother is in sight.  My wish remains inside my heart, but my actions I wear on my sleeve for everyone to see.

So next time you see a shooting star, blow out birthday candles, or find a dandelion in bloom, be careful what you wish for – you might just get it.

Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe, a writer-teacher-mom, is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously. Jennifer is a Google Certified Educator, Hyperdoc fanatic, and a voracious reader. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe, and grab free copies of her teaching and parenting resources.

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17 thoughts on “When You Wish Upon A Star

  1. This was lovely. One of your best I think! I read it twice 🙂 Karma is a big theme in my life. I wear a necklace with the Karma symbol on it. I’ve experienced the negative and the positive forms of it and I do think about both. The “careful what you wish for” saying is a powerful one!! I think about this all the time. Most of the time I get what I wish for, it doesn’t turn out so well. So I’m thinking I might be wishing for the wrong things. Time to reevaluate! This was a good reminder 🙂 Thanks for a great post!

  2. This is so timely! I love stars!!! And this year, on my annual trip with girlfriends, I was captivated by star-shaped tree toppers. So I’m sharing with you my movie, Star in the Night, available at: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com

    I hope all your wishes come true. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Such an inspiration to focus on doing good and making positive choices. I always say that you get what you give, so make sure to give your best!

  4. Kristina says:

    How lucky to see a shooting star! And how lovely to keep that same wish – I hope it comes true for you!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Kristina

  5. …”You Might Just Get It?”

    Ohhhh, I Hope So!

    X Happy Christmas.

  6. Kathy says:

    Jennifer I loved this piece! I have had wishes come true and it’s an amazing feeling. I too believe in Karma and putting out the best thoughts. I believe that what we put out into the world we get out. I also believe that I have the power to make my dreams and wishes come true, it’s very liberating. Thanks again, I always love to read your writing! If I don’t get a chance to later, I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!! Sending much love!!

  7. Truly, seeing shooting stars always brings so much excitement and my wishes are always the same too. I am a firm believer in the law of attractiona and the more good I see in my life, the more always comes my way. And isn’t it funny that we feel like sharing our wishes will jinx it because someone told us that when we were little? Yet, we share our wishes almost daily. With that said, I still keep mine to myself because I think I may still be brainwashed. 😉

    Enjoy the holidays!!

  8. TyKes Mom says:

    Beautifully written post! I can’t remember the last time I wished upon a shooting star. Maybe I should the next time I see one. It is one of those innocent little things that can easily be lost.

  9. mamawolfe says:

    Hi Michael Ann- I think you know what you need to wish for…just do it. Put it out there!
    Vicki-glad I could share some sparkle with you! I’ll check out your movie, too!
    Momma Teacher Lady-so true. Always give your best.
    Hi Kristina-glad you liked it!
    Hi Inner Chick-I hope so, too!
    Hi Kathy-thank you, and thanks for always being such a great blogging friend! Best wishes to you, too!
    Hi Perspective-You’re right…I guess wishing upon a star is something that helps us retain the inner child…no way will I jinx that!
    Hi Tykes Mom- definitely make a wish! On anything!

  10. Bev Sykes says:

    I know what you mean about being careful what you wish for. I once got my wish…but then realized I should have been more specific since the wish definitely needed specificity.

  11. brenda says:

    I think of it has balance, for every good there is an equal an opposite. I believe in pay forward and good begets good, and so on. I believe in wishes, and the possibility of magic, but mostly I have hope. Like you, I wonder about the senseless sense. Wonderful reading…

  12. I believe that whatever we put out there can come back to us. Very insightful!

  13. This is a great post! So awesome!

  14. I love this. Now I really want to see a shooting star 😉

  15. I have the same wish too every time I see a shooting star. Sometimes, my husband and I see one together, and we know we wish the same thing, but we never say it out loud. I think that might jinx it though. No matter, I totally agree with you on the karma thing, and being positive and making choices. I have known a few people, who have treated others VERY poorly, and bad things have happened to them. Sometimes I wonder if that was their karma?

  16. I wish for my grandparents to come back to life really because I really want to see them again it’s important my nanas supposed to be 81 years old and my papas supposed to be 84 years old

    1. Oh yes, Zachry, having more time with our grandparents would be so wonderful, wouldn’t it? Thanks for reading my post! ~Jennifer

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