Be careful of irrational wishes
Wish is a desire or hope for something to happen. We all have wishes of where we want to be or what we what to become or what we would like to possess. It is even commonly said in prayers. For example "may God grant your heart desires or wishes". But just like thoughts or speech some wishes are irrational.
"Midas touch" is an English idiomatic expression. When someone is said to have a midas touch, it means that such a person has a good fortune or the ability to gain success or wealth from his or her actions and work.
Let me share an example of how midas touch can used in a sentence.
"Tom Cruise has a midas touch when it comes to producing blockbuster movies"
Just like every idiom in English language there is a story or origin behind it. The phrase midas touch originated from a Greek mythology story about a King named Midas.
The tale of King Midas
Since the tale of King Midas is quite popular and a public story; some of my readers might have come across or heard the tale. I would only be sharing my version of it to avoid plagiarising any written work on the story.
Midas was a rich but an avaricious (avaricious means to be extremely greedy to accumulate wealth or riches) King who ruled over the country of Phrygia.
Midas came across a god who decided to bless him for his act of kindness towards one of his (the god's) servant. The god requested Midas to make a wish and he would grant it unto him.
Midas thought for a while, and replied that,
"I wish for anything I touch to turn into gold"
Midas thought was as a result of him wishing to acquire more wealth and at that time gold was the supreme symbol of wealth.
The god requested Midas to have a rethought of his wish. But Midas was bent on his wish. The god granted his wish and told him that the next day his wish will materialize.
A blessing or a curse?
The next King Midas woke up with so much keenness to try out whether his wish had been granted. He stretched his hand to touch a stool beside his bed.
Voila! The stool turned to pure gold. Immense euphoria began swelling in the mind of the King, as he touched a table, the door and mat and all turned into gold.
"Wow" I'm now the richest king and man in world", King Midas exclaimed.
He went out of his chambers to dinning room, different varieties of food and fruits were set on his table. He stretched forth his hands to take an apple. And to his surprise the apple turned to gold.
"What!" As he slowly the began to realize how ill his ability was. He tried touching other foods and they all turned into gold,
"I can't eat gold", Midas cried
While contemplating his dilemma his daughter (his only child and the person he cared for the most in the world) walked in, Midas went to welcome her with a hug and unexpectedly his daughter turned into a golden statue.
At that point he went down on his knees, tears in his eyes and begging the gods for the ability to be taken off him.
A wish can be a curse!
Sometimes just like King Midas, we do wish for things, be it a possession, position, power or ability.
But we are often lost in the thought of how beneficial our wishes may seem to be, without imagining or thinking about its negative effect or the problems that comes along with it.
My own example
I remembered a time I wished to become the representative of my department. It is a position of honour and I thought of how cool it was to be the class rep.
Little did I know that it came with a lot of stress and sacrifice of one's time. With little or no reward for one's effort.
I began to feel the brunt of the work and just like King Midas I realized how foolish my thoughts were since I couldn't cope with the pressure I decided to drop the position.
Be careful of what you wish for, some wishes can a burden or curse in disguise
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King Midas was actually very naive and failed to think his wish through before requesting, probably that's the case with we humans today, we are always irrational in taking a lot of decisions and wishes. This is quite didactic I must say