After examining some of the threads here, (I'm pretty new-- hi all) I've noticed an interesting trend that I'll phrase in a question. Do you notice that when someone else is feeling down or going through a crisis we know how to comfort and encourage them, but when we ourselves are down or in crisis, we struggle to comfort and encourage ourselves? Interesting, isn't it? Go figure! I think this should serve as a lesson to each one of us: we do indeed have the resources inside us to comfort and encourage ourselves when we go through a crisis. By all means we can reach out to others when our circumstances seem overwhelming, but know that YOU YOURSELVES (myself included) have what you need to love and encourage yourself through all degrees of the unpleasantness that life brings-- from the day-to-day duldrums to the death of a loved one, relationship or job. Do you want the proof of this? Just look at the replies you have made to the posts of other people who needed encouragement. We can do this, people! We CAN help others and help OURSELVES to live a better, happier life! Any thoughts on this?