1/31/13 – Do not apologize for crying

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“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.” – Alex Tan

I just think this is a beautiful reminder that it’s okay to cry and to release emotion. I feel like too many of us are taught that crying is weak. I completely disagree. I think that we should all feel every emotion to its fullest and then carry on through life’s stages once we have worked through whatever we need to work through. It’s not weak, I think it is actually STRONG to face your emotions head on, deal with them and express them however you need to in order to feel better. Crying is one of these ways. Have you ever had a good cry and felt like you lost 20 pounds afterwards? It feels great and is almost like a revival of sorts. So, if you need to cry, don’t fight the tears, let them wash your eyes and cleanse your soul so that you can see Life with a clearer view again. As one of my favorite writers says, and I’ve quoted numerous times before, “Do not apologize for crying. Without this emotion, we are only robots.” (Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love) And, of course, Charles Dickens in Great Expectations, “We need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the binding earth, overlying our hard hearts.”

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