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Turning Points

Another area of doubt is very important — self-doubt, and doubt of life itself.

Since your first day you have turned to others and to the world in general in the confidence they will provide what you want. Your needs were first met by your parents; and as you grew your needs were met by friends, teachers, employers, and, in time, perhaps a marriage partner. Somehow your situation changed from being quite a dependent, "taking" little creature into one who learned, from example, to become a progressively more giving person. Perhaps you are now grown and have little children depending on you; the whole process has started again.

Whatever our age, we tend to count on the world to provide our needs and satisfy us. Not only must it feed us, but it should entertain us as well.

But! — perhaps the economy declines. You lose your job and perhaps the means to pay your rent or keep your car. Or, people who used to make you happy have their own problems now and somehow they're not such fun to be with anymore. Or, perhaps you were playing a sport that gave you a lot of satisfaction and adulation. Suddenly something went wrong. You broke your arm, your hip. Not only do you have lots of pain, but your need for enjoyment of that sport is not capable of being satisfied. Especially is it true that your world changes with the death of a beloved one. You realize how much your sense of fulfillment depends on the give and take of a love relationship. Now he or she is gone. Grief in its many forms sets in.

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