“Be careful what you wish for, lest it comes true.”
While origins of this quote are sketchy, popular opinion suggests that it’s a translation of an old Chinese proverb.
There indeed times when something we want looks far more attractive than it really is. It may be the forbidden fruit.
But I’ve always wondered, how would we know that?
Everything we desire has a 50/50 chance of being beneficial to us. We may wish for something, receive it and it may be good or bad.
Perhaps the proverb stems from the fact that many believe even the best things in life come with a price. As another famous proverb states, “There’s no such thing as a free meal.”
But then that applies to every walk of life as life can never be perfect. No matter who we are and what we achieve, we’ll all have our shares of good experiences and bad experiences.
Hence I feel that instead of issuing a warning of being careful to wish for it, we should preach the philosophy of, you asked for it so you deal it, good or bad.
Because if don’t have hopes, dreams and ambitions, what are we left with?
How do you feel about being careful about what you wish for? Do you think all it leads to is disappointment? Or do you feel wishing has a 50/50 like anything else in life? Are your thoughts shaped because of any specific experience or just in general? Share your opinions and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.