Why Cry?


My husband calls me a crier. I am. I cry when I’m happy and when I’m sad.  I cry at the movies or watching the news. At funerals, at weddings, at graduations, at church.  My heart goes out and sometimes collapses inward. In all cases I might cry. I also laugh just as easily at all the same events. As a matter of fact, I’m quite adept at doing both at the same time. Laughing is more acceptable, but I’m giving everyone permission today. You ever stop and think about the relationship between your body and your emotions? Why cry?   

I love that my husband knows this about me and just lets me do my thing.  He doesn’t try to get me to stop crying. Sometimes he hugs me. Sometimes he pats me on my back. Sometimes he makes a corny joke or sings to me. Other times he just ignores me or walks by and hands me a tissue and gives me my space. In all cases he understands that it’s how I express myself and it’s all good. 

I LOVE this season and I’m all over the place. At this time of year everyone’s emotions are extra sensitive. It’s understandable. We reflect and look forward at the same time.  We give thanks, and celebrate the holiness of times among so many different religions.  The energy of the world is synced up at this time of the year. Think about it. That’s no cosmic accident. That’s on purpose. 

With Compassion at its annual high, I cry for the homeless and the hungry. I weep over injustice and hate and lost souls. I cry for God’s grace and mercy. I cry for how much I love my children and my husband and parents and brothers and sister and nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles and friends and for the planet. I cry for Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston and Kate Spade and Donald Trump. Oh boy, do I cry!

So I thought I’d write this to everyone out there who wants to cry, but thinks its unbecoming or for the weak and wounded. Why Cry? Crying is a cleansing.  It’s a release.  It’s your body’s way of decluttering emotions. Just know it’s perfectly okay to cry and laugh and hug and kiss your loved ones and your pets. It’s okay to be extra kind to people you meet in the streets. It’s okay to worry about your parents, and to put your new year goals on a PowerPoint presentation. It’s all good all the time.  Everything is everything. This is why I cry. I love life with all its textures. And I want you to love it too.  So go ahead and cry. Let it all out. And then go about making the world a better place. 

I’m reminded of lyrics in a couple of my favorite gospel songs. Take a listen to my favorite gospel versions of His Eye Is On The Sparrow by Whitney Houston and I Won't Complain by John Legend.

Stay blessed people and really, really enjoy this holiday season with your family. I’m sending all kinds of love and blessings your way.

Happy Holidays from the UGottaEat family to yours!

UGottaEat…so feed your mind, body and spirit.