Your wish is my command

By Klaus Döring

“Your wish is my command.” It’s a phrase that originates in the Arabic folk tale Aladdin and the Magic Lamp. It’s what the genie said to the boy who conjured him.

This expression might even be perceived as a cliché, and clichés are so often repeated that they become fixed in the spoken language. “Your wish is my command,” is the correct sentence. It means “I will do whatever you wish.”

When I was still a young boy, I was taught that there might be fairy creatures offering us three free wishes. We should always be wise enough to think it over very well and select the best wishes for our very own. Sure, there will always be classic stupidities regarding fairy-wishes. We are all human beings and don’t belong to the fairy category.

Your wish is my command! And, there is someone who wishes at first a strong health, and – sure, he or she receives it, because good fairies never hesitate. And now and then? Here he is, for example, the healthy

man is like a boulder in the surf, but surrounded by a world of war, flames and so-called military conflicts. But this man is still alive and as fit as a fiddler. Why should he wish for a strong health…?

Well, maybe we have to formulate our wishes for something more improved. But what? Discretion is the better part of valor. Let’s try it like a fairy-tale and ask for wealth, riches and abundance. These are the one and only things on earth, right?

With money we can travel around the globe, find friends, even in faraway distances, and we can do charities. Well, and if we might become sick, maybe seriously sick, we must not worry. We can afford and finance the most affordable doctors and most updated hospitals to give us back our good health. And if not?

In many fairy tales we can also find the one with unassuming manners, inconspicuous, poorly dressed-up, a little bit silly, mostly disregarded and easily to be overlooked. This guy has only one wish, such as eternal salvation and bliss with a little stool in heaven besides God.

And guys, be sure that he will get it, and he is happy and very thankful. So far so good, it seems the simpleton has been the brightest.

It’s all right: three wishes and no one more. A different thing, isn’t it?

If all human beings on this entire globe could be all around happy, which means to say: nobody must go hungry any more, nobody must be despairing, nobody must be worried about wars and catastrophes, and everybody should be able to enjoy health and happiness without bearing trials, yes, if. Then we wouldn’t need fairy-wishes.

Real life looks different. Real life is not a fairy tale. We need prayers and should be more respectful and friendly to each other. Especially nowadays. All around the globe.

Each one of us has his or her own three wishes. Me too. One of them is:  peace on earth!

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