Start Here

Have you ever beat yourself up over not responding to every message you received in a day?

Me too. I know how it goes. On one hand, you’re tired and overwhelmed. But on the other hand, there are emails! Texts! Calls! All demanding a response!

We’ve been taught that if someone writes, we must write back. If someone starts talking, we must converse. If someone moves in for a hug, we must embrace. We do so even if we feel uncomfortable, exhausted, or just plain unwilling.

We strive to respond to everyone else’s messages, but do we heed the ones from our true selves?

It’s all too easy to turn away from the honest place within, to rush forward and forget what really matters. Here, we take pause and remember. Here, we come home to ourselves so that we can love others with integrity.

A Wish Come Clear is a personal development blog with a focus on interpersonal relationships. After all, we can’t become who we were meant to be alone; we need each other.

This truth came to life for me when my younger brother Willie was diagnosed with autism. At the time, he was three years old and I was five.

Neither of us had been to church yet, so I didn’t have much of a God concept. But somehow, I’d arrived at a very clear idea of heaven. I used to lie awake at night and think about it, so eager for it to be real.

I believed that heaven would be just this: a place where I could talk freely with my brother. It would be a place without the limits of autism on his part or ignorance on mine, a place where I could ask him a question and receive a complete answer.

I remember wanting to ask Willie about the smallest details of our life as kids. I wanted to know if Cheerios were really his favorite cereal or if he ate them simply because that’s what mom bought. I wanted a window into his mind and heart.

For me, paradise has always been about breaking down barriers between beloved people. So this site is meant to be a little glimpse of heaven, a place where walls fall down and connections happen.

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6 thoughts on “Start Here

  1. Bea says:

    I was so blessed to hear you speak today at the autism conference. Thank you for sharing with us a part of your world. I so wish my daughter was there to hear you. You are inspiring and loving and so giving. My son is now 10 yrs. old with autism. What you shared was moving yet uplifting at the same time. Learning to live in the moment and just give thanks for that moment. You said it well. I wish you all the best and will be following your blog!

    • Bea, thank you very much – it was my pleasure! I’m so glad the stories resonated with you, and I wish you and your family all the best as well – looking forward to seeing you ‘around the blog’! πŸ™‚

  2. I couldn’t manage to leave a reply to your beautiful article ‘Tired of rushing around,’ so decided to leave on here instead. What a beautiful article. And thanks for sharing the link to Hannahs fabulous article as well πŸ™‚ I have been struggling myself since returning from a 5 month over seas trip to experience happiness right at home and live in the moment for today. I have been caught straight back up in life’s ‘business’. Reading these two articles has inspires me to get in touch with friends I have not yet seen since returning and be content right where I am today. I also wrote an article slightly similar last week on the decisions we make and our pursuit for happiness. It’s called ‘Are you someone who works too hard? A reflection on life’s little decisions,’ if you are interested, I think you would enjoy it. Anyway, here’s the link if you are:
    Thanks for sharing an inspiring read and making my day a little brighter πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Kristie! I appreciate your sharing, and admire your courage in making choices that bring you joy. And yes, I can definitely relate to the ‘working too hard’ concept – as a recovering perfectionist, I need regular reminders that it’s OK to rest, have fun, and enjoy this beautiful life. πŸ™‚

  3. Nick says:

    Hello! Just finished your “Walking Out” article and I feel like I’ve met a new friend who GETS IT.
    So happy to be here at your awesome site and so so happy to know I’m not alone in my weird little guilty, shame-filled, “never good enough”, perfectionism -ness and just trying to live a beautiful blessed life.
    So much love to you, friend.
    Glad to be in your tribe.

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