Day 147/365: Sympathetic

My wife has been unable to get good sleep for the past two nights because of reasons that I will not go into here. Because of her being unable to sleep, I too, lost sleep. Well, last night anyway.

Today I awoke feeling terrible that she had suffered through such a long night. We tried everything: meditation sleep stories, solitaire on her phone, nothing could ease her mind to lull her into a deep, restful sleep.

So even though my plate was quite full today, I wanted her to know that she was not alone. I took time out of my schedule to spend some quality time talking with her, resting—finally, with a midday nap, and watching some of our favorite shows together. It felt good to be sympathetic and supportive and let her take priority over my work schedule. I felt like a good partner and was grateful for all the times she lovingly extended me similar care.

Relationships require balance. They are not always convenient or easy, and sometimes, if you’re doing it right, they can get a little messy. But every damn messy, inconvenient and hard moment is absolutely worth it. Because all those other tough moments make the tender, loving moments all the more special. And I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.

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