It's funny how hard it can be to let go of illusions. We cling to them - examining them from every conceivable angle, polishing them to high gloss - as if thinking about them long enough will magically make them true.
Our reasons for clinging to illusions differ depending on the circumstances, of course. Sometimes, we use them to feel better about ourselves or to justify our behaviour. Other times, we rely on them to help us believe in fairy tales and happy endings when our rational minds know better. Most often, it's because we're not sure we can handle whatever painful or ugly reality lies beyond them.
Wise men and women throughout the ages have counselled us to loosen our grip on illusions, to see ourselves and others for who we are, to accept what is, and to live our lives grateful for whatever gifts we're given. Wise advice, but so difficult to follow at times.