My Twitter has been all a flutter with both outrage and confessions, regarding Neil Mitchell’s tweet about women in the workplace bursting into tears: “is it weakness or tactic?” Now, there are others I’m sure who have written about this more eloquently than I ever will, but I would like to weigh in on this one: how about neither one Neil, you arsehat? (Yes that’s right, I just said arsehat. No, I don’t know what it means either, but if the cap fits, etcetera.)
I can think of quite a few times that I have been moved to (almost) tears at work, and I don’t think any of the instances are me being weak OR manipulative…
I sometimes get teary when I hold a newborn baby in my arms and think of all potential within them, and how I get to be part of the full expression of their health.
I sometimes get teary when I have a child on my table, who I’ve known for years (probably since they were a baby) and I realise they are growing up. When I get a glimpse of the adult they will become, and I get all emo thinking about how lucky I am to be part of that trip, and how too-fast the time seems to go.
I sometimes get teary when things go really well.
When a new Mum tells me how her life has changed since her bubba has calmed down and relaxed, and now she gets to love them for their true little selves, and not try to love the bright red bundle of writhing, that just can’t be calmed.
Or when an old man tells me how he feels the spring has come back in his step, the spring that was lost when his wife died three years ago, and he descended into a world of darkness and physical pain.
Or when a teenager tells me she reckons she just aced her exams, and she was able to do so because we spent some time visualising and relaxing and breathing together, and she felt that she could think more clearly once her body was clearer.
Or like today. When a man I regard in high esteem has finally come home. When he was accused of things untrue, and he handled them with a calm grace. When he moved away with his family to rewrite and rebuild his life, his work, his finances. When he and his wife sketched out goals, and moved toward them, step by tiny step, until they could jump right into that painting. And when today he said to me “I just can’t believe it, I just keep on waiting for the bubble to burst.”
Well, I just about thought my heart might burst.
So yeah, Neil Mitchell, sometimes I do cry at work. But it’s bloody good.
How about you, do you cry?
Do you cry because you are piss-weak, or are you just trying to manipulate everyone?