I was recently in a discussion with another a parent about boys crying in public, boys crying in general. It was clear during our debate that he felt differently than I did and it was even more clear that we were both passionate about our feelings. Our opinions. Our own truths.
In the discussion the opinion that boys crying in public was outside of the norm was brought up and who would want to be out of the norm?
This brings me to my thought for this Monday, just because it is not the norm doesn’t make it right. Or better.
Were the preaching and choices of Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, or Jesus, within the norm of society? I think not. They stepped outside of the box. Sure one ended up in prison for thirty years, two were assassinated and one was nailed to the cross but that is the way history has treated those who dare to be different, dare to speak up for injustice.
What if the new normal was to respect, honor and celebrate those courageous souls instead of fear them? We would live in a pretty different place. Maybe we would then live in a world that accepted tears from everyone, including boys.