I recently asked a congregant to share a personal reflection during the High Holidays. The response:
“Rabbi, when I examine myself, I realize that I come up with the same short comings year after year. It's not that I don't see any improvement at all, or that I have unrealistic expectations.
I just experience myself struggling with the same exact issues every year. And of course, they all have to do with interpersonal relationships— how can I be a better mother, a better wife, a better friend. It gets...disheartening.”