It would be wishful thinking because it would deny the fact that Christmas is a time of intense suffering for so many. The devastating effects of war, poverty, hunger, illness, grief, depression, and abuse deepen in contrast to the bright lights and glitter, the laughter and friendship, the indulgence and extravagance that mark the holiday season.
It is wishful thinking to envision a world at peace, to imagine an end to poverty and hunger, to hope for an elusive cure, to pray for an end to suffering.
Still, we freely indulge in it. Certainly, it is wishful thinking to hope for a white Christmas in Central Pennsylvania! It is also wishful thinking when we play an active role in the myth and spirit of Santa Claus. When we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. When a writer hopes to engage a publisher, an artist hopes to interest a gallery, a composer wishes for a recording contract, an actor longs for a starring role.
Wishful thinking is an act of the imagination, the acknowledgement of fantasy, of faith, of hope. It is a meditation on possibility, the defeat of despair, the embodiment of optimism. It is childlike and enduring. It is the gateway to creativity, to our vision, to the soul.
Right now I wish I could interest an agent!
What have you been thinking wishfully about?
“Every time a child says,“I don’t believe in fairies,”
there’s a fairy somewhere that falls down dead.”
--Sir James M. Barrie--
*In my next post, I’ll take a look at the New Year and what makes it so special.