Smiling When You Feel Like Crying

Trina Ricks

Smiling When You Feel Like Crying

Trina Ricks
Most people are thrust into care-giving due to a sudden illness of a love one.  Whether your a new caregiver or if you've been doing it for 20 years crying is part of the journey.  Initially when my mom had a stroke I didn't  cry.  I held in my feelings and immediately began advocating on her behalf.  Months later I realized I was smiling trying not to cry 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  When I finally cried I felt so relieved, that is when I realized that crying is part of the journey.  I think crying can best be described as a cleansing of the soul.

Smiles are quite laughter, just as laughter is good for the soul so is smiling.  Each one of us have our own unique way of dealing with the day to day struggles involved with caregiving.  Whether you smile, laugh or cry remember you are not alone.  Each day will be different some good some bad, but always honor your love one by remembering the good times.  I love those random memories that make me stop and just SMILE.

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frogger16

Thanks Trinagurl, I needed this focus today on \" crying is part of the journey. ..... a cleansing of the soul.\"\r\nI love how you put it : \"Smiles are quite laughter, just as laughter is good for the soul so is smiling.\"