The Importance of Tears

I love this quote by Charles Dickens:

“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before–more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.”  -Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Crying comes in many forms; we can sob due to deep grief, we can have silent tears when watching an especially touching scene or commercial, we can “well up” when getting caught off guard by an old wound, we can share tears with someone, we can laugh until tears are streaming down our faces. Regardless of the release, that is the point of tears – it helps us to release our pent up emotions or our immediate reaction to something. And as Dickens implies, tears soften us. They help us to access our vulnerable self, they cleanse us.

There is an importance to tears. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “The Importance of Tears”

  1. I often tell people who are almost embarrassed or ashamed to cry that there is an enzyme that floats out on the saline of tears that we can’t get out in any other way. We don’t sweat it out we don’t spit it out, we don’t pee it out, we don’t poop it out, it has to come out with tears. I tell people as well that I once read this somewhere, but for the life of me can’t remember where, but that it certainly makes sense.

    • Hi Gurlie,

      That does make perfect sense. I wonder what happens for people who never allow themselves to cry and that enzyme builds up…food for thought!


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