Sunday, August 1, 2010

Rain brings water flowing to things growing in the ground.

I find it interesting that crying is often simply equated with sadness.
It seems to me that tears serve to indicate how much emotion someone's feeling, but the presence of tears says jack squat about what that emotion actually is.
In fact, just for fun, let's make a list of all the emotions tears could indicate:
Sadness (obviously)
Frustration
Pain
Misery
Hopelessness
Despair
Fear
Grief
Sorrow
Anger
Confusion
Desperation
Bitterness
Exhaustion
Relief
Nostalgia
Surprise
Absolution
Discovery
Fulfillment
Humility
Regret
Joy
Love
Longing
Mirth
Overwhelmedness (is that a word?)
Awe
Spirituality
Happiness

Also, a million more emotions that don't come to mind right now, as well as the infinite number of combinations that we can create from this list (because, I don't know about you, but I rarely feel just "sad" or just "happy". For example, right now I'm feeling "exhausted-melancholy-brave-optimistic-satisfied").

So, yes, I've been crying all morning.

But...goodness, I feel great.

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