A colleague at work once told me a story about his mother. She was in a care home at the time and was getting a bit confused, possibly in part because of the drugs she was on, but she didn’t always know what was happening. He went to visit her regularly and, on this one occasion, he told me, she was in an unusually good mood. Elated, in fact. So, he asked her what she’d been up to. Apparently, she had just been on a helicopter ride across the Scottish Highlands. With Prince Charles. She was delighted. Prince Charles had been such a charming host.
Advocates tell us to be positive about our lives, whatever the circumstances, that ‘attitudes are more important than facts’ (Norman Vincent Peale in the Power of Positive Thinking), but there are limits, and maybe it is a sign that something is wrong if what you believe has wandered into the realms of complete fantasy.
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