A exhale directed toward candles on a birthday cake.
A softly blown kiss in the direction of the fluffy white beginnings of a dandelion.
A gasp and quick words aimed at a shooting star.
A coin unfurled from a clenched fist into a wishing well.
What each act has in common is subtle yet powerful--the closing of the eyes, the willingness even momentarily to ponder what you really want and then to ask, to be willing to wish for your heart’s desire. All of this is about hope for betters days and a willingness to turn this hope into a request.
Children are phenomenal at this.
Anybody who has ever watched a boy at his birthday or a little girl standing before a wishing well with coin in hand understands the intensity of belief. They believe are capable of simply wishing a dream into reality. Also present is a willingness to let go of the wish and believe the universe is going to make good on the contract
The belief that a wish spoken over a well will be granted dates back to Germans and Celts, or so says my research. In those cultures, wells and springs were believed to house deities and thereby were sacred. The tradition of throwing in coins comes from the Germans throwing the armor and trinkets of defeated enemies in the water, too, as a way of saying thank you. And this act, unbeknownst to them, because of the metallic properties helped the water stay fresh. And this is how we evolved into throwing coins in fountains, how this scene plays out on plazas in every corner of the world.
It is no longer about believing a deity resides in the water, or needing a coin to keep the water fresh. The act is symbolic, a reminder of the power of a wanting and believing, hoping and yes wishing. It harkens us back to days when we were young, when our deepest desire was to wake up early, for long summer days, to spend time riding bikes and laughing with friends.
And we need to be reminded of those days because, when we get real, really real, isn’t what we want is to spend long days with friends laughing and having fun?
Of course, it is not always possible to find a well, or a coin for that matter. Wishing wells do not, shockingly, take credit cards like everybody else.
This was one of the reasons we created Wishing Well. We loved the idea of having your “well” around your neck, a reminder to close your eyes and unfurl your wish and believe your answer is coming.