Few people know so clearly what they want. Most people can’t even think what to hope for when they throw a penny in a fountain. Barbara Kingsolver Animal Dreams as quoted in Dear Paris The Paris Letters Collection by Janica MacLeod

If you threw a penny in a fountain, what would you wish for?

Of course, wishes based on coins tossed into water must remain secret or they won’t come true, so you don’t have to tell anyone…but I want you to think….

Before you toss that penny, what is your wish?

Is it easy to come up with a wish?

Do you have something that you really want to happen in your life?

Do you have a goal, a plan or a dream?


Do you just do what you need to do to get by?

What do we think about the quote: do you think that most people have no idea what they want?

This morning I went to the bakery to pick up a dessert for Easter at my Mom’s. There is such a plethora of choices, and I’m buying for the taste buds of various people- I sort of pointed to a cake that looked good, got a Napoleon for my Dad, and I’m hoping for the best. I had no idea what I wanted at that bakery, even though I had a clear intention of going there…

To me, there is nothing worse than not knowing what what I want- either in the short term or the long term…

I almost always have a wish for the wishing well…

But what about you? Do you have a wish for the wishing well?


What would happen if it were to come true?

43 thoughts on “What They Want

  1. The climber has an elaborate dance studio in the front of her house and in the corner there is a painted tree with a faux fountain, and she gave me a penny in October when she was showing me her house and I wished for her to be part of my life. She is. That will last as long as we’re meant to be connected. Wishes have been helpful for me when they’re finite.

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  2. It is so hard to choose just one wish because you start to think “should I choose a wish that serves the “”Greater good”” like world peace? or should I wish to go to Disney World for myself?”

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  3. A wish is a hope, a dream. So what fulfills your dream? There are so many answers, and you would probably regret any wish you were held to because you could have wished for something else important in that moment. Probably the best thing to wish for is three more wishes. Probably waste them too.

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  4. I don’t make wishes, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know what I would like to have happen, or what I would choose. I just know it’s up to me to figure out a way to make something happen and that will either work out or it won’t.

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  5. What interesting questions! “What would happen if it were to come true” is my favorite of your questions above. I have a ton of things to wish for – I’m just grateful that they come true in incremental steps so that I can stay partially grounded instead of being blown clear away.

    I was thinking of your post from yesterday when my local news station posed this question of the day last night, “People who do this live 23% longer, on average, than those that don’t. What?”

    Answer: Read!

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    1. No way! That’s a great piece of knowledge that I need to remember!! But fir the wishes….I read recently that like 75% of people who win the lottery end up bankrupt or worse. And I’m betting every one of them wished for it…

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      1. I bet you’re right about that! Funny thing is that I actively don’t wish for that – because I think if I had lots of money I would be less motivated to learn, grow and be vulnerable and all those things are things I value.

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  6. As a teenager I threw a coin into the Fountain of Trevi. I have no idea what I wished for, but I doubt it would be the same as I would wish today. My wish today involves the resolution of a family problem that I have been praying about daily for many years. My 16 year old, naive self could not even have imagined such a problem could exist. Innocence was truly bliss.

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  7. I would be on a whirlwind tour because my novel had just been published. I am selling more than 350 ish books that a first time novelist usually sells. My publisher is already requesting a second book and I am offered a place at a writing sanctuary near the Everglades to finish my second book. Whoops, did I make more than one wish?

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  8. Oh I have a stack of wishes I could toss in the fountain but the more difficult thing would be if they came true. Often the things we wish for come with unexpected consequences and that is the part that keeps my coins in my purse. It’s as if I know what I want but do I know what that means? Great post as usual LA. Hugs, C

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  9. Tossing a coin in a fountain feels like a free wish, so I’d have no problem in thinking of something, but it’s unlikely to be a goal, dream or plan I have. Those are something I work towards, and I don’t see wishing being a part of achieving them. I’d probably go for something mega like world peace, or ending poverty and hunger as they feel like such a hail mary wish.

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  10. I think I would be torn between wishing for something just for me, or for all people. And then I’d also wonder should I wish for something that is possible, or something that has eluded humans for all time, like world peace? As you can see, I tend to overthink things…..

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  11. Making wishes is FUN. I mean, it depends, kind of as you mention, whether it’s a passionate wish, you want it with ALL of your heart and being OR if it is a “would be nice, but will never happen” kind of wish — the latter NEVER come true. 🙂

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  12. Sometimes we feel sure of what we want…we wish for that “thing,” “event,” “person,” “success,” etc…and it may happen but then do we end up wishing for more? I wonder if we’re prone to never be satisfied with what we have. I know that’s an issue for me many times.

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