IS YOUR EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE WEARING YOU OUT?
We are constantly hearing news that challenge our emotional equilibrium. Maybe you even feel like you just want a good cry. We all need a good cry from time to time when things just get too much to bear, and we can no longer ignore the impact it has on us. But being strong is not the same thing as not feeling emotion.
I remember the first time I saw my dad cry, not from joy but from letting his heart stay wide open during a challenging time. I gained so much respect for him after that because I learned at that moment that he was breaking up with the idea that being strong meant suppress the pain.
He told me stories when I was young about how my grandfather, who was a butcher, had told my dad he was too sensitive and had to learn how to be a man and not cry.
And yet, it was the sensitivity that my dad had that made him so good at listening to other people with care and curiosity.
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Originally published on October 10, 2023 at JeanetteBronee.com.
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