Lots of answers with folks saying how easily they cry these days. That's kinda sad!
This was one of the comments that I received yesterday on my Meet Me on Monday post and it got me to thinking. In fact, I probably spent the majority of the evening thinking about it.
The truth is when I think about my tears, I almost never equate them to being sad.
I cried tonight for a good hour watching Oprah and I wasn't sad. I was moved.
I cry in church during praise and worship and I'm not sad. I'm overwhelmed with joy.
I cry when I see someone sincerely apologizing to someone else and I'm not sad. I'm humbled.
See, my tears aren't sad at all. In fact, I don't think I can remember the last time I cried because I was sad. For years, I wouldn't even allow myself to cry. I associated tears with weakness and being perceived as weak was not something that I could ever accept.
Well now, I have given myself permission to feel everything that I'm feeling. I don't suppress a thing. If I feel like crying, I cry. Whether it be in my living room, at church, at the movies ... wherever. Maybe I'm making up for lost time. I don't wake up in the morning and purposely put on my strong face. I don't have to. I am strong but that doesn't mean that I don't also have emotions.