“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love.” Washington Irving
Crying means different things to different people and sadly crying has been given a bad rap as it's often seen as a sign of weakness, but this quote speaks to crying in a favourable light. It tells us that crying should be embraced and cherished as we would love and laughter. I liken this quote to the Biblical saying, "...weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.", Psalms 30:5.
Personally, I was one of those people who was taught that crying was a sign of weakness and because I that, I held my emotions inside, which led to unhealthy ways of dealing with my saddened emotions. While I was able to cry when death, physical, or emotional pain arose; however, I often got over it very quickly, but resorted to my unhealthy practices as my ultimate coping mechanism.
Since healing from this practice, I'm no longer afraid to cry and let my tears flow as freely as they need to. I feel good knowing that I can and will use my tears as a cleansing to release any built up emotions. This quote fortifies my embracing tears as a positive release and the song, "Healing In His Tears" Smokie Norful provides additional comfort.
Express yourself; it's what makes you human!