The Sacredness of Tears

“There is a sacredness in tears… They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving

The eyes tell what the mouth is no longer able to speak because of overwhelming emotion. There are times when pain is just evident – but there are also times when the pain is converted to tears.

Although I could relate much on this quote by Washington Irving, there are times when I hold back the tears not because I am feeling tough but because nobody has to see the tears. There’s no use – or so I think. Being sick and all, people think that when I cry something is really going on – like I’m in pain or whatever.

Well, according to Washington Irving, tears speak of three things:

  1. Overwhelming grief
  2. Deep contrition
  3. Unspeakable love

But, may I also add that sometimes tears speak of overwhelming happiness – like in “tears of joy” – or overwhelming rage – like when you’re too angry to even speak you just cry. Right?

Anyway, today I feel like crying because my finger got cut not because of what I did but because of what someone else did. I feel like slapping someone. I feel like letting go of the rage but I remembered I’m better than that.

So, I swallowed that evil side of me and be as level-headed as I can. I didn’t cry out of pain and I didn’t cry out of rage. I gathered that if I’ll cry it’d be so much as admitting that I can’t handle little pains like that when in fact I’ve been handling pain for 12 years.

Nonetheless, I believe I should give credit to Washington Irving where it is truly due. He hit bull’s eye.

Tears are sacred. So, before you shed some tears – ensure that it is worth it because just like time – tears are those that you shed and never get the chance to get back.


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