Maybe it's just me. But it seems like everyone I have talked to lately (close friends and loved ones) are going through some tough struggles. Many of them are related to financial issues due to the down fall of the housing market, layoffs and even high gas prices. Is this just our economics? Or is this a reflection on our spiritual and emotional health as well? Many of my friends are struggling with bad news lately. Maybe this is just one of those "tough times" but I feel like our country in general is going through depression financially and emotionally as well. Of course, they have a strong correlation especially since finance problems equal more stress. The reality of life can be a harsh ride, but I think we all need a little more hope and love to survive this storm together...