** READ PART ONE FIRST! **
I recently had a momentary break down a few weeks ago. Though I do have to admit that it was the result of several stresses conspiring against my emotional well-being for a couple weeks. The straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak, was…
3. Remembering someone in their permanent absence.
This is a reality that I feel most people can relate to and requires little explanation. Missing someone and not being able to tell them that you miss them, who do you tell? When there are a lack of words, that’s when the tears roll in.
In this same experience however, even though I was sad remembering the people who were not here any longer, and how their absence affected me and other members of my family, I felt overwhelmed by the love I had for the people who I do have in my life. And there is a lack of words to describe this, because the words that come to mind have been used too much and no longer serve their purpose in the right way.
“I love people!” Though it has been said, just doesn’t capture the sentiment the way that I would like it to.
I should be careful quoting my dad again, because he’ll begin to think that I listen when he talks. But, I am going to tell one story that will illustrate my point clearly. One Easter Sunday I had friends from college over to our family dinner at my aunt’s house. If you asked any friend that I have ever made outside of my family to name three things about me, those three things would be that I laugh at everything, I have a story for every occassion, and I love my family.
Knowing this and observing how my family interacts, one of my friends, in a conversation with my dad asked, “How have you guys stayed so close for so long?”
My dad’s head tilted and his eyes glanced up toward the ceiling and without any more hesitation, answered, “True Love.” When you realize that, there are no words, and as I mentioned, when there are no words, that’s when the tears roll in. So though it seems to contradict #1,
4. True Love.
This is the most preferred inspiration of tears. To be so overwhelmed with goodness and love that all you can do is cry, well, now, that’s just special.