I find that often in life I have desires or opinions or emotions which conflict. What’s hard to see in the moment is that it’s natural, it means that you have varied desires. The simplest version is this: a baby in a burning house. You want to jump in and save it, but you also don’t wish to leap into flames, breathe smoke, and be burned. Both are very reasonable.
What matters, in the end, is your action. In Ted’s case, he should have a sandwich.
This is how I feel every day when I check the mailbox. The hopefulness, the elation, the disappointment.
But it’s worth it for the few days of the year there’s a real letter.