My brother informed me that perhaps my "Blessings" post didn't make as much sense as I thought it did in my head. :) So here's a little extra explanation.
The character in the book really did wonder if, for every unhappiness, there was an equal but opposite unhappiness. For example, someone could be unhappy because they were estranged from their children. On the opposite spectrum of that, though, this character was unhappy because she felt "trapped" by her severely mentally and physically disabled son.
So in my post below, I listed some things that make me "unhappy." But when I consider the "opposite unhappiness," I am very grateful for the things that I have and can experience...even though sometimes I'm not thrilled with the current circumstances. For example, I miss Shawn during the week. The opposite unhappiness would be someone who's unhappy about not having a spouse at all. So I'd rather have my wonderful, loving husband but miss him during the week as opposed to not having him at all.
Make more sense, Brent? :)