During this holiday season, most of us had the opportunity to take a little time off to rest, relax and recuperate from what was a challenging year. It was also a great time to stop and appreciate all that we have, knowing that while it most certainly could be more, it could also quite easily be a lot less.
A new website called wishes4life.com has just recently come online and presents an opportunity for people to express their wishes for themselves and for others, and to learn and appreciate what other people consider most important. The website started with the idea that millions of people go through their entire lives with wishes that are not only unfulfilled, but in many cases unexpressed.
Participation in this online experience can do much to establish one's story in the context of the larger world through linkage to employers, associations, religious affiliations, genealogy, etc. This brings the kind of biographical services once reserved for notables and celebrities to ordinary people, which becomes a wonderful gift to pass along to one's heirs. Or one can simply observe.
At the moment, there is a contest underway in which entrants are invited to submit a brief (less than three-minute) video that answers the question: "If I had one day left to live and I could wish for anything, what wish would you make for another person?"
If you go to the website now, you can watch a number of the entries. If you do, you will see things that will move you, inspire you, and almost certainly make you feel grateful for what you have.
You will hear wishes that you may or may not ever have thought of:
- to feel loved and understood
- to find answers to life's great questions
- for a healthier planet
- a cure for a cancer patient
- for someone should find their soulmate
- best wishes for a friend who succeeded despite adversity
- for a foster child to find a loving home
- for a very ill sibling to find a cure
- for a father to receive a prosthetic leg so that once again he can play with his son.
These are poignant, beautiful, and deeply human stories.
Take a few minutes to visit the site now. You won't be disappointed.
Perhaps you will be inspired to record your own video. Entering the contest is as easy as 1-2-3. And who knows, you might just win an iPad.
RP Siegel is co-author of the eco-thriller Vapor Trails.