1. What one thing did you do better today?
I let myself cry, despite not knowing whether it was out of sadness or happiness. For a brief time I let tears flow, allowing them to be out of memories filled with grief related to loss and at the same time letting them be happy tears out of appreciation for life.
2. Has doing so made you or someone else feel better?
It felt strange, overwhelming and as if tears falling were not under my control at all. It happened after receiving a touching email from a friend of mine, remembering her mother who passed away a year ago today. I think despite the sad memories it was the strong connection created by her that touched me most.
3. Has it brought any new realisations?
Tears don’t always come from either sadness or happiness. It is a response to an intense emotional state. It is strange how tears of sorrow are seen as a bad thing, something we don’t wish to happen to ourselves or others and when it does, we sometimes even try to make it stop as soon as possible. Tears of joy on the other hand are seen as a desired expression, something good. Why not simply appreciate tears as a sign of being emotionally open and deeply touched?
When was the last time you cried because you were touched by someone or something so deeply?