I wish my life was something other than what it actually is. But many circumstances of my life are already defined for me. My challenge is to understand reality as it is, not as I wish it to be. From this understanding I can make plans to make the most out of my life.
Self-awareness lies at the heart of mental health and is a requirement of managing life well. This means that we must accept the things that are true and then work within the constraints of what we have been given to live life with meaning.
What does it mean to understand reality? I believe that there are several dimensions that make up our psychology. Each of these gives a unique vantage point from which to assess life. Failure in any one of these dimensions will cause life to be less meaningful and joyful than it should be. ...