Frustration gives way to anger
Anger gives way to depression
Depression gives way to sadness
Sadness gives way to rational thought
Rational thought gives way to action.
I know what I must do. I’m not particularly happy about it, but in order to create a greater happiness, I may have to suffer some temporary unhappiness.
We will go to the beach and have fun. And when we get home, if the pattern returns to the status quo, I will do what needs to be done. I still hold out the hope that before it comes to that, things will resolve themselves without me having to be the agent of change.
I will seek the counsel of friends and family (who know the score) before doing anything, though. But at least I’ve figured out what I need to do if it comes to that.
And I am not happy with the path that lays before me.