Cry: (v) to weep or shed tears
Sometimes we grumble that nothing is getting better.
It may seem that the surrounding world is out of control and we are stuck moving at about 30 miles per hour.
So it is refreshing to allow oneself to consider the things that have improved and progressed us, instead of maintaining a cave-man attitude, wearing better clothes.
One of those things is crying.
We used to believe that crying was for women and small children. Men either didn’t cry or cried so quietly that you could not tell they were actually weeping.
It was considered a sign of weakness.
Then something changed.
Maybe it was the realization that three or four dozen football players working their asses off to win a game, only to lose it by one point in the last three seconds, did evoke tears—and there was nothing to be ashamed of.
Yes, we did become a better race when we realized that men cry as much as women. They have just learned how to mask it and not completely break down sobbing.
I like to cry.
I’m trying to learn to cry without needing the stimulus of feeling sorry for myself. There’s a certain nobility to mourning for the needs and losses of others. I mean, I know what to say when I’m around a fellow human being who’s hurt.
But I’m not satisfied with how little I feel.
For instance, I am still very much relieved that it’s not me who’s going through the trouble. I want to express my sentiments of support and hope but not turn it into an all-day affair.
Mainly, I would like to do more to remove tragedy, sadness and despair from the world around me, so I don’t have to try to work it up inside myself or fail to do so and feel like a jerk.
Unfortunately, most of the time I cry for myself.
But every once in a while, the Spirit that lives within me breaks through, wins the day and allows me to feel what it’s like to be another—and be tragically damaged.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
I never thought of it before, but until we allow ourselves to cry, we’re not putting the troubles out of our lives.
We’re just putting them out of our minds.