We're living through a period which seems more challenging than anything we have faced in decades. On every front there is widespread, rapid and profound change which many are struggling to comprehend. Western democracy is under threat and we seem to lack real leaders who can do anything to solve the complex problems we face.
Against such a backdrop it's a constant struggle to remain optimistic about the future. If difficult personal issues and tragedies are also plaguing us, then we may feel broken and despairing.