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Hold On; It’s Okay to Cry Over Spilled Milk

Sometimes, crying over spilled milk isn’t really about the milk at all.

We know this, now more than ever. The emotional release of a good cry these days maybe does feel necessary.

Wait – don’t go! This isn’t a fluffy-touchy-feely everyone has to cry message. The crying is symbolic for however we release our negative emotional energy, wash negativity away, you get the drift…

~ I’m no expert, but I think I’m writing about grief. I suspect we’ve all experienced it in one way or another. Grief for loved ones lost, relationships ended, dreams put on hold, jobs terminated, lifestyles altered, plans changed… ~

Truthfully, I’m crying more easily over “spilled milk” these days, the big spills and the small. And yet I have been so fortunate to count many silver linings through the tougher parts of life so far. (I’m so grateful for the family, friends, colleagues and a sprinkling of self-care that have all contributed to my resilience, as it is.) The emotions of fear, frustration, and sadness are more easily felt, and the situations that once might have garnered not much more than a shrug, are sometimes bringing me to tears, or resentment, or other negative expressions.

So, is it just me? I doubt it.

I do wonder (and worry) about the emotional burden others might also be carrying. We’ve all had a traumatic experience, personal and collective. We are all grieving. This grief might show up at home and it might show up at work. Now is the time for compassion to ourselves and each other. I’m reminding myself. And, if it helps, when you “spill a little milk”, and feel a bit emotional, just hold on, or let it go. You know what’s best for you.

Take good care,


Here’s what I call a goosebump moment: as I was typing this blog, I was sitting in a room of friends, and we were enjoying a playlist of Suzanne’s…on came a song I hadn’t heard before, and wow – it was so timely I felt chills. It’s called Hold on Tight, by Aloe Blacc. Check out the lyrics.

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