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Richard's the author of It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later A Collection of Inspirational Parables and 2nd Edition The Best Is Yet To Come.

My Wish For You

I like most people have had plenty of time to gaze into the sunset and not only think about what I've missed, but what I wish and believe I have written a parable that is about as close to a slice of heaven as one can get. I hope you agree.

A parable is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle or moral lesson.

Sometimes, we simply forget what's important. It is therefore my hope that "I Wish" cannot only help us appreciate this world, but understand the next.


I Wish

Kids didn’t grow up so fast.
We learned from the past.
And love would always last.

I wish; every Friday that came and went.
Were followed Saturday by a special event.
Sunday nights wouldn’t feel as bleak.
And Monday’s blues didn’t start the week.

I wish; life was fair.
God granted every victim’s prayers.
And bullies got what was theirs.

I wish: underdogs would always win.
We knew now what we didn’t then.
And all mistakes were not a sin.

I wish; Spring's promise lasted all year.
Summer days were always clear.
Autumn’s leaves were more than a trend.
And Winter storms were just pretend.

I wish; Thanksgiving helped us see.
No matter where we find ourselves.
How grateful we should be.

I wish; Christmas Eve would never end.
We didn’t have to worry about what we spend.
And New Year’s Day we could start again.

I wish; dogs would live as long as we do.
Friendships were always true.
Grandparents never felt alone.
And everyone remembered to phone.

I wish; no one hungry was denied.
Cancer was beaten by all who tried.
We didn’t have to say goodbye.
And our loved ones never died.

― Richard Lawrence Belford


It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later

In this life we often leave or are left wishing we had five more minutes so please take one of them to share this article in the hope it not only comforts those in grief, but also inspires others to always say; "I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye!”


I took this picture in Clearwater Beach, Florida and remember pondering as to why what appeared to be an old Spanish Galley would be sailing toward the sunset at such a late hour.

It then dawned on me (no pun intended) of just how magical it would be if this old ship were to continue sailing into the sunset and then emerge completely restored into a glorious sunrise on the other side.

This inspired me to write "The Best is Yet to Come" whose message of faith was born from the peacefulness of a sunset and promise of a sunrise.


"I believe those who have experienced loss should support one another’s efforts to comfort others.”

— Richard Lawrence Belford

© 2020 Richard Lawrence Belford

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