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Allowed to be Sad

Although I know it comes from a place of good intention
It may fall short for a broken heart intervention
Some people try to stop us from showing it when we're feeling bad
But they need to know that we're allowed to be sad
There are those of us whose losses are many
Compared to those who barely have any
Some hold back the tears with all of their might
While some of us just let them flow and we have every right
Just because some things to you would be no big deal
Doesn't give you the right to dictate as to how others should feel
It could be because the pain we feel is something of which you haven't a clue
But keep in mind that it's only a matter of time
Before these things may happen to you
Only when all you have are memories of things you once had 
Will you truly understand why some of us are allowed to be sad


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  1. Date: 12/21/2014 12:43:00 PM

    Authenticity is life giving. If you are hurting its ok to hurt. Part of what makes us human is our ability to recall. Such a gift allows us the widest spectrum of emotion. God doesn't want us to limit that. He wants us to know He is with us in all of that.. If we ascend to the mountain or go down into hell.
  1. Date: 12/20/2014 7:37:00 PM

    Great insight and wisdom in these words. We as a people need to be more sympathetic to those who have been through so much.
  1. Date: 12/20/2014 5:27:00 PM

    I can relate to this 100% - I try and wear a smile but my father is terminally ill and sometimes the mask slips - show your emotions it does us no good in the long run to bottle them up - a 7 from me - wish it could be a 10! Hugs jan xx