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3 Wishes…

Rusty - April 26, 2007

Imagine you met a real life geenie that offered you three wishes. Assuming those wishes would come true what would you wish for? (You must also assume 1) the real consequences to your wishes and 2) your wishes can’t interfere with other people’s agency and 3) they fall within the laws of science and 4) you can’t change the past)

Mine (as of today):

1) That I could be more thoughtful of my wife’s feelings.

2) That I could concentrate better on the things that need my attention.

3) That I could communicate to the woman in my ward that was offended out of activity (by something she thought I said) that I didn’t actually say it, didn’t think it, and wouldn’t ever imagine it.


  1. 1- I wish I could spend 3 months in the UK.
    2- I wish I could be better about doing household tasks (especially laundry).
    3- I wish I could think clearly before I speak in order to reduce the chances of miscommunication and/or unkindness.

    Comment by Cheryl — April 26, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

  2. Why all the rules?!

    Comment by Susan M — April 26, 2007 @ 3:04 pm

  3. Susan,
    Because then you’d say something like “world peace” which is a weak answer. I just think that it’s an interesting exercise in seeing the things that we truly have power over.

    Comment by Rusty — April 26, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

  4. Yeah but those are the easy answers. Now I have to actually think.

    Comment by Susan M — April 26, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

  5. Does interfering in people’s agency include our own? If so I have no wishes.

    Comment by Bret — April 26, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

  6. 1. I wish I could have a Q&A session w/ an angel to get some deep answers about doctrinal questions.

    2. I wish life had a remote control. Pausing and fast forwarding would really help out in certain circumstances.

    3. I wish I didn’t have to sleep.

    Comment by Connor — April 26, 2007 @ 6:12 pm

  7. Wish-granting genies always twist your wishes to make them turn out some way that is the opposite of what you actually want, so I’m not having any. I thought of terrible evil ways that the genie could grant each of the wishes above. I guess I have a perverse imagination. =)

    (I do the same thing for fortune cookie fortunes, think of a way to interpret their words so that that they foretell something dreadful.)

    Comment by Tatiana — April 26, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

  8. well, you start by wishing for unlimited wishes. duh.

    Comment by Ryan — April 26, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

  9. hmm..

    first I’d wish to be the prince
    then I’d wish to be saved from drowning
    then I’d wish to set genie free.

    Comment by Aladin — April 26, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

  10. It’s funny because when I play with the three wishes game with myself, I ususally always include a “not interfering with the free agency of others” clause. So with that in mind, here are my totally selfish wishes:

    1. To be endowed with incredible musical talent: singing, songwriting, playing the drums. This of course, would lead to fabulous record deals and incredible wealth.

    2. To be able to be fluent (speak, read, write, etc), in at least 25 world languages, so I can really communicate wherever I travel and I can hear what people are saying about me. And I can order in restaurants.

    3. To be really really funny and be able to communicate my humor through the spoken and written word. People who are funny are usually invited to all the good parties.

    Comment by meems — April 26, 2007 @ 8:36 pm

  11. That I could communicate to the woman in my ward that was offended out of activity (by something she thought I said) that I didn’t actually say it, didn’t think it, and wouldn’t ever imagine it.

    this breaks my heart…..

    Comment by cj douglass — April 26, 2007 @ 9:42 pm

  12. 1. I’d wish for enough money to buy my wife a new wardrobe and pay off our student loan (and cover capital gains taxes).

    2. I’d wish for a good softshell jacket for hiking.

    Don’t need the 3rd wish.

    Comment by Seth R. — April 27, 2007 @ 4:50 am

  13. 1. An inexhaustable NetJets card.
    2. Personal teacher/tutor for my children.
    3. A little plastic surgery so I could be half as good-looking as my spouse.


    Regarding your first two wishes… they will come true with time and all you need is a little patience.


    What’s a soft jacket? I’m in the process of moving to Orlando from MSP and will be getting rid of a lot of cool/cold weather stuff. Maybe I can be your geenie for wish #2.

    Comment by endlessnegotiation — April 27, 2007 @ 6:08 am

  14. Every morning please give me a fresh hot roll and butter.

    Comment by danithew — April 27, 2007 @ 6:57 am

  15. Bret said what I was thinking. You can’t wish for anything makes you a better person in any way. Being a good person, in any respect, finds its value in the voluntary choice to be or do so. Thus, being humbler, kinder, more unselfish, etc. are all things that are logically impossible to be granted by wish.

    (This fact, by the way, is precisely what makes the concept of grace difficult for me to grasp.)

    Comment by Eric Russell — April 27, 2007 @ 9:07 am

  16. Eric-

    Well, dang. Then I have to start over:

    1-I still wish to live in the UK for 3 months
    2- Since household tasks equals me CARING about them, then I change this wish to what meems wished for (can I steal it?): I want to learn and speak several dozen languages.
    3- I wish my asthma, allergies, and PVC’s would be cured and disappear (and because of that I would exercise without wheezing and hurting myself, and then would exercise more which would then lead to losing all the weight I want to lose, which would then lead to being healthier, which would then lead to not having asthma and allergies and PVC’s in the first place, you know? Never mind. I guess this wish stinks, too…)

    Comment by Cheryl — April 27, 2007 @ 9:58 am

  17. I agree with Ryan, 1st wish would be more wishes. 2nd wish, pay off my debts, have enough extra to retire and go on our mission together…back to england.

    3rd to be a better husband and father

    Comment by Don Clifton — April 27, 2007 @ 10:45 am

  18. Hmm, if I couldn’t turn back time and stop deaths from occurring, could I use a wish to raise the dead early?

    Comment by Stephen M (Ethesis) — April 27, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

  19. endless,

    A softshell jacket is like a heavy fleece jacket. But it’s not really fleece. It’s some sort of tightly woven stretch material that is both water resistant and wind resistant, yet comfortable. Most dedicated outdoor clothing makers have a few models. Arc Teryx and Mountain Hardware both look pretty nice.

    A Marmot Precip rainjacket would be nice too, but it’s only $100 and I figure I’ll be able to afford it eventually.

    Comment by Seth R. — April 27, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

  20. Meems,
    Good wishes! I choose yours over my own comment (Eric was more right then what he said I was, but thanks anyway, Eric!)

    That and I’d add that I wish I could somehow find and attract this girl from college I skrewed up with the first time.

    Comment by Bret — April 28, 2007 @ 12:03 am

  21. I would wish for:

    1. Five acres of land partially wooded with pines but with enough grazing pasture for a single Jersey milk cow.

    2. A Jersey milk cow.

    3. An afternoon talking with Boyd K.Packer in my home, with accounts of his rubbing shoulders with contemporary Church leaders. He has the coolest stories.

    (Two of the three are wishes I could fulfill on my own with hard work and planning. A geenie would just make it much easier. As for number three, with a growing worldwide church, I would have to employ a geenie.)

    Comment by Fregramis — April 28, 2007 @ 6:56 am

  22. okay, okay. I got it. I would wish that my envy of everybody’s wishes would go away…

    Comment by Cheryl — April 28, 2007 @ 8:58 am

  23. 1. That tomorrow everyone would have a car that didn’t use oil products (you would still have your agency but you’d be stupid not to take advantage of it ;-) )

    2. That drinking 100 oz. of water per day – which I try to do now – would help me lose weight – which I don’t do now – and I wouldn’t be required to go through all the other pain and nuisance of exercising and giving up chocolate.
    3. That I could retire to a quiet, picturesque little town (near the water or the mountains) and have a house big enough to allow my entire family – my sons, their wives, my grandchildren – to stay in comfort and that my grandkids would alsways be excited to come visit grandma and grandpa.

    Comment by Lamonte — April 30, 2007 @ 4:12 am

  24. There’s that number three again.

    1. I would always make the best parenting decisions for my kids (three of those, too)

    2. That I would feel edified and uplifted myself and help others feel the same during all three hours of church

    3. That I can be more kind and patient with my wife (only one of those)

    Comment by Glenn — May 15, 2007 @ 2:28 pm

  25. My Three Wishes would be

    1. all my rashes and black marks will be gone forever

    2. i had hair like christina millian

    3. i had a bf and a cute skinny body

    Comment by Brandee — May 24, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

  26. 1. I wish for my house to be sold today or an offer.

    2. I wish to win the PCH 10 million dollars just once.

    3. I wish what come around would finally bite the butts off of all the people in my life get theirs.

    Mostly out of all of them I really selling my house and is listed and that St. Joseph would answer my prayer to get my house sold.

    Comment by Chris — June 16, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

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