Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tip #43: Go "leaf-catching"

This tip goes into the category of super silly tips, but I definitely need those as well.

Last year I learned about this British custom: if you are walking outside and see a leaf falling, try to catch it. If you do, you can make a wish. Well, as soon as I found out about this, I've been trying to do just that. And I have to say this is what I have observed: 1) It's quite difficult. 2) You have to move quite a lot. 3) You end up laughing really hard at the whole silliness of it.

And if you don't live in an area with  falling leaves, you can still make other fun wish-asking activities, like when you see the first star at night, or you find a penny on the floor, even when an eyelash falls out (which needs to be blown away as you make your wish). Do you know any others? The truth is, it doesn't even matter so much what we wish for, but we do get a moment of suspended disbelief, of magical thinking (and acting), of laughter and lightness, and all that has to be good for your happiness and therefore for good health, right?

This post is dedicated to Kate and Elaine who already heard this tip before this blog was even created and they actually liked it. It is really wonderful to have good friends. :)


  1. BEAUTIFUL! I've never heard this, and I can't wait to try it :)

  2. Thank you Pilar!! I love this and I remember the first time I heard about it from you. I thought of it yesterday watching the leaves falling and drifting in the wind on such a gorgeous fall weekend. Thank you for sharing this. I am so lucky to have dear friends like you and Kate too.


    I love the photos too!

  3. Pilar - My new pup is already on to your game because when out on walks he has been chasing the falling leaves - Dont think he has been making a wish but now that I know about it I will get in on it. The leaves are at their finest here right now -So pretty!