When I was young we used to say that to the first star we saw at night. The complete verse was: Star light, star bright. The first star I see tonight : I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight.
I don't remember any of the wishes I made at that time, but as I grew older I made many of them to make my life better, my children healthier, to have more time. They probably didn't always come true either, but they were made just the same.
Dreams are wishes our hearts make. Isn't that what the Disney song says? How many dreams have you had that didn't come true?
I think that getting the wishes is not as important as making the wish. It gets you to think about what you want. What makes sense. They don't always make sense.
Wishing I had bright blue eyes instead of the hazel green/blue ones I have was made out of envy because someone admired the bright blue eyes of my best friend. I wanted to be like my friend.
Even now wishes usually revolve around wanting to be like someone who is admired and loved. Not that if I had bright blue eyes they would admire or love me, but that seemed the easiest way to be loved.
I know that wishes won't bring me what I want. Prayers won't either, but prayers will bring me into God's presence and his love.
Wishes also brings to the forefront what is upper most in our desires. If we wish and dream about something, it may well be that from that we figure a way to get what is important for us to have: a sense of ourselves. Acceptance of ourselves for the people that we were, are and are to become.
My grandmother always used to say, " If wishes were horses we'd all be riders."
I wish you the best dreams and the best selves you can be.