“It is essential to understand that an emotion is merely something that arises, remains, and then goes away. A storm comes, it stays awhile, and then it goes away. At the critical moment, remember that you are much more than your emotions.” ~Tich Naht Hanh
Now, I love this quote, and I often refer back to it when I catch a wave of the blues. When I am upset, or frustrated, or down about something…
But—to me—one of the most powerful gifts we’ve been given as human beings is our ability to feel these raw, deep emotions.
To feel them, acknowledge them, and except them all equally.
Like that time as a young child when you fell down and scraped your knee at the park, there are moments when a feeling of pain allows us to cry.
But it’s not just painful situations that evoke these tears…
I’m not sure why, but I just started crying a few moments ago.
True tears of joy.
How amazingly pure and real does it feel to cry like this. To cry these overwhelmingly sudden tears. Tears of happiness. Tears of sincerity. Tears of love. Tears of hope.
These tears dripping down my face are not due to sadness, but because I am so thankful and appreciative.
Tears because I am loving others and feel loved in return.
This morning David said to me, “You are such a good person. You make more of an effort than anyone I know to continue to make as many genuine personal connections and KEEP them — and let them know how special they are.”
But if it wasn’t for these people in my life, my heart would feel so empty. I would feel no purpose in life, and certainly wouldn’t be where I am today.
This morning I cry out of love and hope. I cry because of how lucky I feel. To have all these people around me who love me, support me, encourage me…
Thank you all.
“Let your tears come. Let them water your soul.” ~Eileen Mayhew