What Does it Mean?
Have you ever heard the quote, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”?
An old English proverb turned nursery rhyme, the earliest version of this old saying used different words to convey the same meaning: “If wishes were thrushes beggars would eat”.1)https://allnurseryrhymes.com/if-wishes-were-horses/
Then in 1721, the “If wishes were horses” version appeared in a collection of Scottish Proverbs compiled by James Kelly.
In each version, the meaning is the same and having to do with a reminder that wishing doesn’t make it so. If wishing alone could accomplish your goals, then even beggars would have prosperity.
North American “Wishes” Sayings
In North America, there are a few kindred phrases, with similar meanings, though not as poetic. Here are a couple examples:
- “If it was easy everyone would do it.”
- “Wishing won’t make it so.”
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
~British Proverb, Nursery Rhyme, 1628
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If Wishes Were Horses
By Contributing Writer, Mackenzie Clench, of Buried In Blu
Greetings, Fellow Space Cadets!
Recently I’ve been having a bit of a think – a process that rarely ends well it must be said – about how we often fall into the “wish” trap.
Wishes are lovely thingies in and of themselves, but it’s all too easy to get caught up in the process, to just put them out there and “hope” that they come true.
Anyone who’s ever achieved their wishes (or “dreams” if you want to be pedantic, or “rutabagas” if you want to be weird) will tell you that they did it by taking decisive action toward their fulfillment.
Don’t Fall into the Trap
Advising you to take decisive action is not exactly a ground-breaking insight I grant you, but there it is.
However, every damn day people fall into the trap of wishing without doing, dreaming without taking any action to get closer to those wishes. Or dreams. Or… rutabagas.
It’s like designing your dream home and then sitting back, hoping that a contractor will happen by and build it. Take it from me kids, that way be dragons. (And not the “Puff the Magic” kind either.)
Inspiration works in a similar way. In the words of Pablo Picasso, “Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.”
Dream Big, and Then…
By all means, dream big. Visualize, plan and prepare. But understand that nothing… NOTHING will happen until you take some kind of action toward fulfilling that dream.
Mac 😊 🙏 💖
CEO, Scribbler and Chief Fuss Maker
#SingYourSong #MakeAFuss #IfWishesWereHorses
Turn your wishes and goals into achievements and success!
My name is Mackenzie Clench and I’m the CEO, Scribbler and Chief Fuss Maker of Blü Creative (Formerly Mackenzie Clench Creative) I’m an author, an empath, a foodie and a ten-cent philosopher with an obsession for the written word that borders on the pathological. As a child I was bitten by a radioactive thesaurus and granted special powers – powers which I have sworn to only use for good.
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