Not every negative feeling is bad. In fact, a bad emotion can often point to something good. Like when you and your spouse can’t be together, but you miss one another’s company.
Consider the late President Reagan and his beloved wife, Nancy. Since their passing, their love for one another has become almost legendary. Even during the demanding eight years they spent in the White House their marriage remained a priority, and they openly expressed their admiration for each other. When Mrs. Reagan was away, the president would often stand at the windows of the White House watching for the lights of the car that would bring her home. This couples’ deep and unflagging devotion to one another endured through family challenges, the presidency, and Mr. Reagan’s long battle with Alzheimer’s.
In my own life, I’ve been blessed to be married to someone who I miss when she’s away. I’m typically the one who’s on the road – and I’m usually so busy I don’t have a chance to be lonely. But when Jean is the one who’s traveling, I count the hours until she returns. Obviously, my experience doesn’t feel good, but my negative feelings derive from a positive source.
The next time the miles separate you and your spouse, be encouraged. When you enjoy your husband’s or wife’s presence so much that their absence is difficult, it’s a sign that you recognize just how fortunate you are to have that special person in your life.
It’s a bad feeling with a good meaning.