Tears are as natural to us as breathing and there is beauty in allowing yourself to be open to the all the emotion of tears.
How wonderful it feels to give in and let tears flow when we are overwhelmed with feelings, whether we are happy or sad. Tears come from the soul, from our well of feelings rising from deep down. When we give in to the prickling behind our eyes and the lump in our throat to let teardrops fall from our eyes, we allow our feelings to surface so they can be set free. This is actually a wonderful way to release all kinds of feelings.
Proud parents shed tears of pride in a child’s accomplishments, a baby’s first step, birthdays, and graduations. Long lost friends fall into each other’s arms, tears rolling down their cheeks when they reunite after years of separation. Tears may flow from us when we are witness to a commitment being made at a wedding or even while we are watching a love story. Tears of relief may spring forth from our eyes when we hear that a loved one has survived an ordeal, and tears may fall when we bow our head in sorrow over a loss or death. Tears born from heartache can flow like they’ll never cease, whether our tears are for a love that is over, a friendship lost, or an opportunity missed. We shed tears because of disappointment in ourselves, tragedy in the world, pain, and illness. Tears of anger can burn with emotion as they fall down our faces. Tears offer us a physical release of our feelings.
Shedding tears can sometimes make us feel better, although it can feel like the tears will never end once the floodgates are open. There is no shame in letting tears flow freely and frequently. Tears are as natural to us as is breathing. There is beauty in allowing yourself to be vulnerable enough to shed tears.
How many times have you felt like you needed to “not cry” – to “not show emotions” for some reason or another? I still have a hard time crying out of grief or sadness…. Although I can readily shed tears when I am angry as hell or when I see an AT&T commercial about “phoning mom”…. I am working on the grief/sadness one… perhaps someday those tears will come, also.
For now…just a smile on my face as I rush towards my cup of java this morning….