Being as how my life isn’t perfect, I have a tendency to live in a fantasy world.
Not literally a fantasy world — one with dragons and kings and noble quests — just one where I live a quiet life in Montreal, writing and going to the Marché Jean-Talon and to a terrasse on a summer night. It’s a quiet, ordered life I live in my imagination; one with no hassles or unpleasant surprises.
And of course, even if I did live that life, it wouldn’t (COULDN’T) be as good as I imagine it. Real life has a way of turning even the best expectations upside down.
Besides, as Professor Dumbledore told Harry: “It doesn’t not do to dwell in dreams and forget to live.”
We need to be where and when we are. If you’re like me, dreaming, you’re wasting time. Even if your life’s not perfect, there are things you’re here to do (I firmly believe that) and if you spend all your time “somewhere else”, you may be missing out on a fantastic opportunity to be of service to someone standing right in front of you who you don’t see because you’re looking at that other world.
So, for today, (and as many “todays” as I am granted), I will make my best effort to be where I’ve been put and live the life I’ve been given.