If I were to create one of those word cloud thingies for my own inner dialogue, the word 'wish' would show up right in the center, all bold and colorfully mocking the rest of my (of late) paltry vocabulary. It's hard not to wish for everything--a piece of chocolate, more money, less debt, the end of the workday, to meet someone, to have your hair/body/youth/etc. back. That hair one gets a huge wish workout on my end, anyway.
I'm not sure eradicating the word 'wish' from our landscape would be the most efficient use of our time, but a slight variation on the theme might. I read this the other day: 'don't say I wish; say I will.'
Sure, I thought, what the heck? I'll try anything at this point. And you know what? It's quite incredible how empowering it is to make that tiny change, how powerful that little word 'will' is. Is it going to bring into reality my heart's deepest desires? I don't know. Maybe. It certainly can't hurt. After all, a little peace of mind, a little empowerment goes a long way in enhancing the quality of this life.