Sunday, January 23, 2011

How to cope when life falls short of our expectations.

Rabbi Sherre Hirsch
"I never imagined I would be single. I never thought I would get divorced. I never imagined that I wouldn't be able to have a baby or that I would lose my job. I never dreamt that I would lose all my savings and never realize the American Dream."
What happens when our dreams die? What happens when our husband leaves, our child fails, the economy collapses, our parents die?"
Can we mourn dreams like we mourn the death of a loved one? Can we expect Kübler-Ross' five stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance—before we begin to dream again? Or will we stop dreaming forever? Will we become hardened and say that life is unfair, death is inevitable, and dreaming is futile?
Read about the
Death of the American Dream?  by Rabbi Sherre Hirsch

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