I recently listen to some old Disney songs and I was captivated by “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella. The song is beautiful and it makes me emotional. I even cried a little bit when I listened to it. I don’t know why, I guess it hit the right spot in my brain and I just cried.
What’s more interesting is, I find that some people admire how Cinderella could still be happy despite the fact that her stepmother and stepsisters treated her badly. Instead of being depressed, she sang and had faith in her dream. I know many people think that Cinderella is silly because she did nothing to get out of her condition. However let’s just face that she was helpless. At that period of time you couldn’t go to police and report child abuse. Well, I don’t know much about European society back then. If you know anything about it, please write a comment.
The song she sang, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” carries some messages. Let’s take a look at the lyrics first.
A dream is a wish your heart makes
when you’re fast asleep
In dream you will lose your heartaches
whatever you wish for you keep
Have faith in your dreams and someday
your rainbow will come smiling thru
No matter how your heart is grieving,
if you keep on believing the dream that you wish will come true
The first message that I got is everyone needs good sleep. Sleep helps your body maintain its function and clear your mind. That’s why treatment for depression often involves keeping good quality of sleep.
Secondly, the song is about optimism. You wish something and you believe you can get it.
The third message is this song, sung by Cinderella, can be an example of coping mechanism. Coping mechanism or defense mechanism or coping strategy is how people respond to stress. There are many examples of it. The one that Cinderella used is called sublimation. It means channeling stress or uncomfortable feeling into something useful or creative. You can read more about coping strategy here and here.
I think those are nice messages. I know that we don’t live in fairy tale and we don’t know how our tale will end. It doesn’t matter. A little fantasy is always fine and the messages are still good.