Can you guess how delighted I was to come upon this glorious Wishing Tree on my final morning in Portland, Oregon after my Art & Soul workshop last week? (If you guessed “extremely delighted” you are correct!)
My best friend and I were heading home after a lovely walk through the brilliant flowering trees (plum, cherry, dogwoods, magnolias etc…) when we were stopped in our tracks by the sight of hundreds and hundreds of tags attached to a big old beautiful tree.
Hanging on the trunk from a rusty nail was a clipboard with a pen, a plastic bag filled with empty paper tags and an invitation for people to share their wishes.
The tree was brimming with the handwritten messages that upon further examination ranged from a wish to do well on final exams to a wish that 4th grade had never happened to a wish to find a new job to a wish to find true love and many, many more.
How cool that someone chose to transform this tree into a constantly evolving work of art and a living creative experience!
I immediately added a couple of wishes of my own to the tree. On one side of my tag I wished things just for myself and then to spread the love I wished for some major love, light and peace for the rest of the world on the other.
The giddiness I felt upon discovering something so unexpected, creative and enchanting brought to mind a wonderful childhood memory of wishing on the first star of the evening. I remember the words we used felt like an mystical incantation: “Star light…star bright…first star I see tonight. I wish I may…I wish I might have this wish I wish tonight.”
I still believe in the power of wishes but I also believe that we need to be active participants to help make our wishes come true. Sometimes we just need to be reminded that wishing is a great first step!
Here are five super quick prompts to put you back in touch with the power of wishing and your creative dream. If you give yourself permission to do this exercise quickly and intuitively without over thinking your answers I promise it will be much more powerful, not to mention more fun!
1. My favorite creative wish is that someday I will…
2. When I allow myself to daydream for a minute or two about being in the creative flow with this wish I feel…
3. One small step I can take this week to help my creative wish come true is to…
4. One way I could make this small step even easier is to…
5. One way I could make this small step even more delightful is to…
Here’s to taking time to honor our creative wishes and then taking the small steps necessary to help them come true! I truly believe that wishing can open the door to doing if we let it.
I’d love to hear what about your creative wishes. Please leave a message in the comments section below and let me know what these prompts brought up for you.
Until next time, all the best from my Creative Oasis Wishes to yours,
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