Life can be overwhelming! It can be calm and rewarding. Life can be filled with excitement and adventure. It can be lonely and wrap a person in helplessness. Life likes to keep us on our toes and allow us to explore every emotion created by God.

I have always been a strong unemotional person on the outside. Generally I am not one to shed a tear, but over the last 18 months or so I have found that, although generally not in public, the tears flow a bit quicker.

More often than not, when I close my eyes I cry.

I cry for those who struggle.

I cry for my inability to meet the needs of those that ask each and every time.

I cry for the all blessings I have been given.

I cry out of pride I have for my kids.

I cry in admiration of the commitment through hard times my husband has.

I cry for those who choose to make life difficult.

I cry of thankfulness for true friendships.

I cry for the pain of others that I can not take away.

I cry for the frustrations that I can not make go away.

I cry because I know that no matter how hard my day is, how exhausted I am, how much I didn’t get done, that someone else has it worse.

When I close my eyes, I cry and pray that when I open them that the shimmer from my tears crosses paths with a ray of light forming a rainbow seen by someone in need, making a difference in their life.

I know I am far from perfect, but I strive to do better each day. I focus on being a servant leader where helping and thinking of others comes first. For it is what I leave behind, that determines what will be in the future and isn’t preparing for what is to come what we ultimately need to be doing?

When I close my eyes I cry, flushing pain, excitement, helplessness, and pride down my cheeks.

When I close my eyes and cry I find peace, answers, and some resolutions to my struggles, for it is water that cleanses our souls.

So, the next time you close your eyes and cry, think about those that you reach each day. Remember that you do make a difference and can be that rainbow that brightens someone’s day. When the tears fall, be thankful for all you have and your ability to pray for peace for others!

When you close your eyes always remember that water cleanses and when you open your eyes, a new beginning presents.

Take advantage of the time you have to reflect and feel by closing your eyes and crying.

Blessings by Laura Story  “What if blessings come through raindrops, What if your healing comes through tears, What if a 1000 sleepless nights is what it takes to know you are here, What if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise?”- Laura Story

“Crying is feeling and feeling is being human.” – Ray Charles