Life can throw us curveballs – COVID-19, anyone? This exercise serves to acknowledge the complexity and multiplicity of the human experience. As we face hardships, we can acknowledge the weight of our challenges all while recognizing who and what we are grateful for.
In David Sheff’s memoir, “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” Sheff adopts this writing format (from Remy Charlip’s book Fortunately) to cope with his son’s drug addiction. He writes:
“Fortunately there is a beautiful boy.
Unfortunately he has a terrible disease.
Fortunately there is love and joy.
Unfortunately there is pain and misery.
Fortunately the story is not over.”
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