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"Wish for something good."

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Growing up and visiting beautiful Buddhist temples, one of my favorite things to do is enjoy the art of stone stacking. Every time we pass the stacked stones my mother would always say, "Wish for something good." Good health, a successful future, and world peace are just a few wishes and prayers that make their way into my mind as I ever so delicately stack my stones.

One thing I aways admire while being surrounded by these short and tall stacks of stones are the unique places people place them and the heights they reach. I always wonder what the person wished for and it's intriguing to think each stone is a wish and prayer.

Whatever ones religion preference is, their backgrounds, their status in society, their unselfish or selfish wishes and prayers, they all wish for something when visiting these temples. As I stand between the endless rows of stone towers holding a quietly engraved wish or prayer, I think to myself, is too many wishes selfish?

I don't ask to be famous or for an endless stream of money because I am fortunate in what I have now and appreciate and work for what is now and what is to come. I wish that I can stack a stone for every person who is in need, but I always put my everything into a few. I ask for the strength to help those in need and to accomplish my prayers.

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