When You Wish Upon a Star...

September 17, 2011

I was flipping through movie sites on the interwebs today (much like a normal person would flip through TV channels) and landed on a movie called "Stardust".  it's about a star that falls from the sky, and the young man who captures her to take her as a gift to his supposed true love.  I don't want to give away a whole lot more than that, cuz it's been added to the list of movies that we should see together.  (that's getting to be a long list!!)

There were quite a few things running through my mind as I watched this particular part of the show (cuz I'm a bit AD... whatever the next initial is... and can't think of just one thing at a time)...

1. My leg hair is so blond that at times it doesn't even seem like I have leg hair.
2. My head hair is so blond that at times it doesn't even seem like I have any thoughts.
3. I don't know when people first started wishing on stars.

Well I can't do a whole lot about number 1, except maybe dye my leg hairs.. and that ain't gonna happen (so just put that mascara away!!).  And there's definitely nothing I can do about number 2.  So I Googled (it's what i do) number 3.  Actually I googled falling stars, but you know what I mean.  🙂

The answers covered a pretty broad range, as you would expect them to when asking the internet.  There really isn't any evidence regarding where or when the practice of wishing on a star started, but there are some rather interesting ideas.  So I thought I'd share a little of what I found with you now, mkay?

  • Japan has what is called the Tanabata or "star" festival.  According to legend, this is the time when two stars Altair and Vega (I had a sister-in-law who drove a Vega once), which are usually separated by the Milky Way (mmmmm, tasty!), meet.
  • The Greeks thought falling stars to be rising or falling human souls.
  • Some associate shooting stars with angels, so wishing on a star might be considered the same as offering up a prayer.
  • There are a whole bunch of fun-haters who will tell you that they are not shooting stars at all, but meteors or space dust or astronaut poo or the pedal off of ET's bicycle.  We all know they are not actually stars, but come on!  Have an imagination once in a while (imaginations can be pretty fantastic!)
  • In Chile, when you spot a shooting star, you should pick up a stone in the same moment and make your wish then.  If you're in the Philippines, you should tie a knot in your handkerchief (which would work if you're in a gang or have a cold, but why else would you be carrying a handkerchief?)
  • In The Night Before Christmas, Ma was in her kerchief.  She must be Phillipino, whadya think?
Where/Whenever it started, wishing on stars, falling or not, is very popular.  Pretty much every culture does it in one form or another, and I don't' think I'm crazy (wait for it) for saying that pretty much every person does it.  (and we all wish on stars too!!)  And here is the official Dee Hathaway reason why.  (Do you really need more than that?? I don't think so...)

We all need something to believe in.  And we all need more wishes.  One of the more important parts of wishing on a star, falling or not, is the act of wishing itself.  Have you ever noticed that once you get interested in something, you see it everywhere?  Like if you are thinking about buying a CTS, you start to see them all over the place.  It's the same with everything, including wishes.  We attract what we focus on.  And it's the very same for things that we wish for.  What is a wish but a focus on something that we want?  The more we wish, the more we focus, the more we attract, and the more likely we are to get what we wish for.

Get so fixated on what you want, that you drown out any vibration or reverberation that has anything to do with what you do not want. --- Abraham

To help you out, here are a few handy items from the wish-list of the Dee...

  • Always keep a wish handy.  You never know when you'll see a falling star or birthday candle or tunnel, and you won't have time to search around for what it is you want. cuz...
  • Shooting stars disappear as quickly as they appear. When you see them, grab them quick and hang on tight!
  • Keep looking up.  Don't worry so much about being 'grounded'.  You're not going to see any shooting stars if you're staring at your feet.

Once you make a wish, you can't just let it sit there.  You have to do something about it.  Your wish is just the starting point.  Embrace it. Believe in it.  Live it.

The very most important part of wishing is... having something to wish for.  Something that you want so very much that it occupies your mind, that you see it everywhere.  It's so important that you know what it is that you want.   If you don't know what you want, how do you know you don't already have it???  I know what I wish for.  I wish for you.  I wish for you and me.  I wish for you and me to be happy.

And I think that maybe my wishes have already come true!!


thank you zannr for some of the ideas here!

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So amazing! I was just wishing that you'd update and... ta-dah!!!
I love the movie Stardust, so I'll watch it this afternoon and imagine that you are watching it too. It's almost like being there, kinda sorta.

Thanks for the "get out of your own way" quote up there on the page. I needed to read that today.

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