It’s not true that I’m always thinking of H. Work and conversation make that impossible. But the times when I’m not are perhaps the worst. For then, though I have forgotten the reason, there is spread over everything a vague sense of wrongness, of something amiss. Like in those dreams where nothing terrible occurs – nothing that would sound even remarkable if you told it at breakfast-time – but the atmosphere, the taste, of the whole thing is deadly. So with this. I see the rowan berries reddening and don’t know for a moment why they, of all things, should be depressing. I hear a clock strike and some quality it always had before has gone out of the sound. What’s wrong with the world to make it so flat, shabby, worn-out looking? Then I remember.
This is one of the things I’m afraid of. The agonies, the mad midnight moments, must, in the course of nature, die away. But what till follow? Just this apathy, this dead flatness? Will there come a time when I no longer ask why the world is like a mean street, because I shall take the squalor as normal? Does grief finally subside into boredom tinged by faint nausea?
– C.S. Lewis, ‘A Grief Observed’
Again, Lewis seems to be voicing my own feelings and worries.
I push You away as You draw me near,
I allow myself to be overcome with fear.
Help me Lord to seek Your face,
To feel Your presence in every place.