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Ask for It. You Never Know.

December 2, 2015

just askThe other day I played Go Fish and won. I mean, like, I crushed it. That’s not saying much considering it was only a child’s card game, but still. I won because each time I asked for a card, when my opponent didn’t have it, the pile did. You see, I “picked my wish” almost every time.

That got me thinking: what else should I be asking for? Asking is often how we get what we want, like directions, help with moving something heavy or even a raise. Sure we don’t always get what we ask for, like wanting to be taller (I know, I’ve tried), but by not asking, we’re certainly not going to get it. Like hockey great Wayne Gretzky said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” So just by asking, we increase our chances by 50%.

With holiday shopping in full gear, no one who knows the power of “asking” more than children. They write Christmas lists, letters to Santa, and text their aunt. The best example is in the movie A Christmas Story where Ralphie repeatedly asks: “I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!” And he gets one.

Asking for things says a lot about ourselves. As we get older our “asks” turn from toys to success and health (okay, and maybe an orange scooter). But many don’t ask for things, kind of like letting their wishes go to waste. Asking for something – saying it out loud or writing it down – won’t guarantee its appearance, but putting it out into the “universe” may help it settle into our consciousness and sharpen our aim, pushing us to work harder toward getting it or at least recognizing the signs along the way. Either way, as my Nana Banana used to say, “It couldn’t hurt.”


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  1. Jim Kirstein permalink

    Felice that was very appreciated. I will use that same incite full logic to get my now grown daughters to tell me what they would like rather than my guessing and messing up by getting it wrong.

  2. I keep asking and you keep saying no

  3. Jackie Burkey permalink

    I took a class where one assignment was that we had to ask 10 people for something- it couldn’t be trivial like asking the waiter for water. It had to be a bit out of the ordinary and unusual. Like hey my friend got a raise could we get her a free dessert? Etc. long story short, what we all found was the average person got 3/10 things they asked for. That means if we didn’t ask we would have got zero (I like he 100% shots missed u don’t take!) anyway why not try? Most of the time people say yes:-)

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. I agree with your Nana. It can’t hurt. Besides, I think saying our wishes aloud (whether to ourselves or another person) give those wishes a reality, and in a way make them more possible.

    I also think we should wish, should daydream, just a little bit more. Wishing provides us with a chance for creativity, for setting our path rather than just shuffling down the road we currently find ourselves on.

    A very nice post, Felice :))

  5. Tom Olverson permalink

    I absolutely love the last paragraph!

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