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Make a wish! Candles on your birthday cake flicker and dance. A long inhalation of air prepares you for the attempt to blow them all out. Success! The wish will come true. Well, that’s what tradition dictates anyway.

Wishes often come true, of course, but not always. Especially when we’ve formulated unlikely or outlandish desires. But who wants to be reasonable and measured when we’ve got a frosted delight in front of us? The celebratory mood takes over.

Day to day, the other 364 days of the year, we hold wishes in our hearts too. Some may be short term preferences, others may be life-long goals and aspirations. We want things to go our way. It’s a natural human condition. How do we feel when things don’t follow our plan? How do we react when our hopes and expectations are dashed?

It’s helpful to have some reassurance and perspective in such circumstances.

”O My servants! Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes. You are destined by Him, in this world and hereafter, to partake of their benefits, to share in their joys, and to obtain a portion of their sustaining grace. To each and every one of them you will, no doubt, attain.” Gleanings From the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 329

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