When You Wish Upon A Star

In January, our family took a winter vacation to Disney World. We had decided to go for the benefit of the kids, but it turns out that my inner child needed the vacation just as much as our children. And what better place to nurture the inner child than at the place designed for kids of all ages.

I know many of you out there probably remember being glued to the TV Sunday night at 6pm – that was the Magical World of Disney Hour. I know I especially looked forward to that time. It was the only time in a week of TV that you knew would be solely dedicated to kids and family viewing. I grew up without cable – farmervision we used to call it – which meant TV had 2 channels. There were no networks at that time solely dedicated to children’s programming like there is today. So Sunday at 6pm was the magic hour. I never missed it.

Until I took this trip, I had forgotten how precious Disney was to me and how much I learned from it. Cinderella taught me that a dream is a wish the heart makes. Pinocchio’s Blue Fairy taught me that when you make a wish and believe in it with all your heart, dreams really do come true. Jiminy Cricket taught me to let my conscience be my guide and that any wish is possible – all it takes is a little courage to set it free. And who can forget that when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true?

It was in the Magic Kingdom where the Disney castle stands that all of this learning came flooding back to me. As silly as it sounds, in a show performed at the castle with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and the rest of the Disney gang, they spoke about how any dream that your heart holds could come true when you believe. Then they asked the audience “What’s your dream?” I said to myself, “To be an author.” I was surprised by the emotional response I had to the answer. Tears came to my eyes because I realized how much it meant to me and how I had been denying myself the chance to let that dream come true. It was Mickey Mouse who reminded me that it was possible and to just allow myself to believe.

So, with a sprinkle of pixie dust from Tinkerbell and allowing the childlike part of me to imagine and believe in magic once again, when I returned home I put the wheels in motion, made a connection with Balboa Press, and to make a long story short, my book is in the process of being published and due to come out probably sometime in May. I will definitely keep you all posted on its progress and look forward to sharing my words in a larger format than just this newsletter with you. My dream is coming true!

Take a moment to remember what it was like to believe in your wishes and dreams as you did when you were a kid. That feeling is the energy of magic and miracles. Avoid your adult mind that will tell you it’s no use believing in magic and fairy tales. What does it know anyway? The key is always the feeling and the feeling of belief in a possibility is the most magical feeling of all.

Here’s the full lyrics to When You Wish Upon a Star. May they ignite the magic and wishing within you.

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

Fay Thompson