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Ask a Therapist: Neurosis: As good as it gets
by John Waterbury
Aug 02, 2010 | 3199 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To assume that life isn’t the way it should be, and to be angry because of the assumption, is merely to state that our perception is imperfect.

In reality, everything has its own time and season, and there is purpose and reason and wisdom in all that touches our lives. But perception is imperfect, and we are usually unable to fully comprehend the significance of life. At times we may get a glimpse of understanding, but it usually doesn’t last. It seems to evaporate, leaving the fear, anger and insecurity of our present condition.

Fortunately, we don’t have to have it all right now. Growth and development takes time. It has taken a lifetime to get to where you are, and it’ll take the rest of your life to get to where you want to be. So accept yourself as you are right now, and become your own chief competitor. For in the race of life, it’s better to be better than you were, than to be better than anyone else is.

Success in this process seems to depend on three things: knowing what’s too much for you, knowing what’s too little, and knowing what’s just right. It’s all part of the process of growing into who you really are.

But while life is for learning, we don’t always learn what we want to, in the way we want to, or when we want to. The key is to take our experience in whatever form it comes, discover its significance, discover our significance, and then use that knowledge to make a difference.

That seems to be a part of our ultimate destiny. But while destiny leads some, it often drags the rest of us, kicking and screaming! Let’s face it, sometimes it’s a crazy world. But now one ever said it would be easy. So . . . since life is probably just the way it’s suppose to be, accept it as it is, make the most of it, and do what you can, in spite of what you can’t. Your happiness depends on it. Your sanity hangs in the balance. So don’t worry, be happy, because at least for the time being, neurosis is as good as it gets.
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