What the realist says: Dreams are for fools who can't face reality. Dreams will never come to fruition. Dreams are unrealistic.
I could counter this rather gloomy way of thinking, but I won't. I'll simply say one thing, then let my favorite Christmas movie say the rest. It's Christmas, the season of perpetual hope...a time to believe in the unbelievable...a time to remind ourselves that dreams do come true.
From the original Miracle on 34th Street:
Mr. Gailey: ...."Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to. It's not just Kris that's on trial. It's everything he stands for. It's kindness, joy, love and all other intangibles."
Doris: "Fred, you're talking like a child...
"...those lovely intangibles aren't worth much..."
"...we've talked about wonderful plans, then you go on an idealistic binge."
Mr. Gailey: ..."Someday you're going to find out that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn't work. And when you do, don't overlook those lovely intangibles. You'll discover they're the only things that are worthwhile."
In the end, even the common sense-minded Doris realizes the importance of believing.
From the 1994 Miracle on 34th street:
Kris Kringle: "I'm not just a whimsical figure who wears a charming suit and affects a jolly demeanor...I'm a symbol of the human ability to be able to suppress the selfish and hateful tendencies that rule the major part of our lives. If you can't believe, if you can't accept anything on faith, then you're doomed for a life dominated by doubt."
As for me, I think I'll keep believing. I hope you will too.
Miracles happen...if you believe.