13. Waking up in the night and going right back to sleep.
But then, sitting in my Angel Room, sadness came over me. I missed my mom and wondered if she ever felt a similar sadness in the midst of being very grateful. Here I was, writing gratitudes and knowing that it wasn’t just about sleeping through the night, nor that, as the song says, “Life’s just a bowl of cherries.”
I don’t think keeping a ‘sadness list’ is the way to balance this, but I do know that without the sadness, yes, tragedies, the gratitudes hold no power. Writing the gratitudes seems to create a container for the sadnesses.