including the lacrimal gland (top left) and tear ducts (center right)—Wikipedia.
Let’s combine the first two entries on resiliency (16, 28 December 2009)--emphasizing water and salt metaphors. We want to now focus on our special capacity to cry as humans.
Tears are a hydro-saline substance comprised of water (H20) and salt (NaCl). You know, saltwater. They are formed and stored in special repositories (glands, see illustration above) from which this substance is emitted, especially during times of strong emotion. I like to think of our tear glands as being filled with emotional saltwater.
Reflection and Discussion
1. How salquatic are you---how “well” are you able to cry? What in life has influenced your ability to cry?
2. Describe a time when you wept (“tear flows of emotional saltwater”) or supported another person who was weeping.
3. List three of your main worries right now. Then rate them on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of:
Difficulty to resolve Emotional pain Impact on you/others
If your worries could talk, what would they say to you, in a couple sentences? What would you say back to them, in a couple sentences?
4. What is Jon Foreman’s “cure for pain” in his song? (see link above, point 5)
5. Read the short and thoughtful piece linked below. It overviews the life of Jeremiah. List a couple ways that your life or the life of someone you know is like that of Jeremiah. www.frontlinemin.org/jeremiah.asp