Thank you for sharing that beautiful poem. The path to healing can be a long one, but opening up, even in an anonymous forum like this one, can be so helpful and reassuring. I understand that sharing private information with a therapist or a close friend can be scary, especially when it involves something as interconnected as your family life, but…Read More
Wow, Yaffa, thank you for sharing your incredible story with us! I’m sure that being away from so many of the people you know can be a huge struggle, and one that I believe some of my friends are going through right now. I’m wondering if you have any advice on how we can keep people feeling included and connected, despite any physical difference?
Hi Rafa18, this is a great question and one that I know a lot of us here are dealing with. Personally, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wanting to date someone who’s gone through the same challenges as you. As long as you both use it as an opportunity to support each other and grow, I don’t think there’s a problem with dating someone…Read More
Chavy I completely see what you’re saying, Shabbat is different than the other days of the week, and the way we eat definitely feels that way. We these special little feasts on Friday nights, and when everyone else is eating a lot it can sometimes make you feel out of place to not join in with them. I think Rachel’s advice sounds great and could…Read More
I’ve never done these kind of holistic strategies myself, but I’ve heard good things and know they can be helpful. That being said, from what I’ve heard, these kinds of treatments often target the symptoms of anxiety while therapy targets the roots of these problems. So it may be best to still pursue therapy if you’re not feeling fulfilled by the…Read More
I agree with both of you. I think therapy can have large benefits compared to medication alone, especially in the long term. However, it shouldn’t feel like a struggle every time, and if it’s that the case that’s probably something you should talk about with your doctor or potential therapist.
I’m so sorry that you went through that, but I think your faith and optimism is admirable. I agree completely “we are not defined by our struggles”, it’s how we respond to these struggles that shapes us. And it sounds like you’ve been handling this as well as anyone could.
I agree. I find it helpful to keep in mind that none of this is happening to “me”. No one is being successful in life and relationships because they want to make me jealous, it’s because they’re trying to be happy. And I should just be happy for them that they’re getting there.
Wow. I just read through this whole thread and it’s hard to express how impressed I am. As someone who hangs on to a lot of stuff, I think it’s incredible how quickly you’ve gone through this whole process. Congratulations! And as for me after reading this thread, it sounds like there’s a book I have to read…
I completely get what you’re saying. When one of my best friends started dating someone while I was single, it was all he would talk about, and it just made feel more and more insecure about being single. I think if you really want to you could say something, but I think this will pass on its own. It’s a new relationship and she’s excited! Of…Read More
Absolutely. I think you can believe that everything happens for a reason, and still be mad when bad things happen. I think it’s natural to be upset with G-d when something bad happens, both on a human level and a Jewish one. We have many examples in the Torah of prophets, such as Abraham and Moses, arguing with G-d when they don’t like something…Read More
As an aspiring writer myself, I completely understand how difficult it can feel to break through. I’m sure you are a great writer, and while I know it’s disheartening, don’t let that get you down! One thing I often struggle with is revising my own work, and taking it from a pretty good idea to something that’s professional quality. The best a…Read More
This is an important message. We need to keep track of “where our fears are coming from”. Sometimes they may come from a rational appraisal of the situation, but sometimes there might be something deeper than even we know holding us back. It’s important to work through all of this before going through with any big decision, especially one like…Read More
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