I'd like to break down the above quotation with some definitions. Things as they are would be reality. Things as they seem would be a dream.
So, with the above definitions, the quotation would read: To know reality is better than to believe a dream.
Who hasn’t at some point in life wished they could swap unkind reality for a dream? Sometimes life is just not lovable and on those days we’d like to go back to bed and get up when things had improved. But we can’t turn back the clock or stop time.
Facing reality is how we learn so many life lessons. Dreaming of things as we would wish them to be can only last so long.Sooner or later we must pack away our dreams and face what’s real: people will disappoint us, grandparents will die, and experiences will teach us to learn the hard way.
I knew a dreamer. From all outward appearances, this person never took life seriously but, instead, always looked forward as if life would have a happily-ever-after ending. Measured by our world’s standards, this person never achieved success, never amounted to much. But on the happy scale, this person ranked at the top—always had a positive outlook, trusted everyone, and was okay with his lot in life.
Now, who’s better off—this dreamer or the person who never dreams, never focuses on anything but harsh reality? The answer to that question would be like comparing two characters in Winnie the Pooh: Eeyore who is a pessimistic, gloomy, depressed, old gray stuffed donkey; and Tigger who is cheerful, outgoing, competitive in a friendly way, and has complete confidence in himself.
To smooth out the bumps in the road, we all would probably benefit from having a workable mixture of reality and dreams. But, then, there are some days when we must choose reality over dreams in order to survive—we must face what life is.
I try to gain encouragement for those days of reality from this Scripture verse: “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, KJV).
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