In an e-mail to my old friend Bob Wayne, I wrote a sentence about my state of mind that, I think, is more insightful into my nature than I had initially realized:
Sadness and sorrow drape over me inextricably for many months, and even when I think they've finally slipped off my shoulders, I find myself from time to time entangled in their folds.
In an older exchange, Bob referred to me as being particularly empathic, which is also a particularly appropriate observation. This results in my emotional balance often being influenced by those around me.
No great conclusions drawn here, just an observation...