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"He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, [for] the old order has passed away."
I once read a quote that said to never cry the same way twice. The first time I read it, I was super confused - how can you not cry the same way twice? Crying is crying, tears fall down your face, and you're really sad no matter what. It's an emotional experience that many look down upon, which makes the whole thing that much more humiliating to some. So what does this quote mean then? Let me tell you from experience....
Once upon a time I was sitting in my desk chair, attempting to get a difficult assignment done in a short amount of time. The stress was killing me, and everything was just dragging me down that afternoon. Even though I tried to avoid it, I couldn't help myself: I started to cry. And the more I cried, the more helpless and torn apart I became. Soon, I was crying about anything and everything, big and small. And that's when I remembered that quote: Never cry the same way twice. So I looked to the ceiling and began a prayer. "God," I said, "I am so sad right now, and I don't know what to do. I don't know how to fix these things in my life, and everything feels so wrong. But I do know that you have made me for a purpose, and you have made me strong so that I might fulfill that purpose. Lord, let me get all my tears out; let me be sad and in pain for a few minutes, and then pull out of me that strength that I need to get my work done. I'm going to get through this, but never let me cry this way again. Help me to grow in a way that I don't need to cry like this again. Save my tears for another time." And so I cried it all out. And when I was done, I picked myself back up and finished what I needed to get done. And I haven't cried the same way since. It's hard to explain, but each time we cry, we are getting a different mix of emotions out; we aren't merely releasing tears, but we are releasing pain that has been built up inside for who knows how long. Crying is the ultimate sign of a person breaking in some way, whether it be for a happy or sad reason. So, ultimately, it's okay to cry, my sisters. We need to be with our pain so that we may accept it and move on. Don't hold your tears in - they are a gift from God during times when you need Him most. But just remember to never cry the same way twice. Your Laughing Sister, Callahan
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