January 17, 2017
By Kris Parfitt
Photo at right: It’s easy to make a wish, write it on the card stock provided and place it in the golden jar. After a few days it will be hanging under the tree. Words of gratitude are encouraged! To learn more about this wishing tree see the Wishing Tree Seattle on Facebook. Photo by Kris Parfitt
Several mornings a week I power-walk through my Seattle neighborhood on Capitol Hill. One of the places I stroll by is a large Western Red Cedar on East Galer Street. It’s also known as the Wishing Tree.
Created a few years ago by the woman who owns the house where the conifer stands, the tree has become a gathering spot for community, a safe place to cast a wish, and a retreat into the sweet, funny and sometimes sad world of what people wish for.
I often take photos of the wishes that touch my heart (“I wish for a dog”) or make me laugh (“I wish my connection was better for Pokemon Go”), or remind me that struggle is an everyday constant for many (“I wish I could kick my addictions”).
These wishes, and the concept of the Wishing Tree, inspire me to get outside and walk, and to gather more often with friends and family.
Over this past month I have thought of my own wishes and what I can do to make them happen. I wish that people would be motivated by love and kindness toward one another instead of fear. And I wish each of us to be more responsible for our words and actions and the impact they have on others.
I believe in the power of leading by example so I’m practicing cultivating certain qualities with the intention my wishes come true. They are also the demonstrated qualities of public figures I admire: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Maya Angelou and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Listening, being engaged in dialogue about change, demonstrating gratitude and appreciation, showing kindness and respect for others are attributes I take to heart from my heroes. During these challenging times ahead I want to practice these qualities as best I can. I will also go outside more often with friends and family because there is another inspiring wish, one I didn’t write but is one of my favorites found under the Wishing Tree: “I wish that we humans would reestablish our connection with nature once more.”
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