What To Do

Posted by – December 29, 2005

Okay, here’s another of those beautiful parts of the Narnia books, another of the parts that makes me love these books more and more over the years:

Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later and then you still have to decide what to do.
– C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

You can put “being angry” in the place of “crying” and – same thing. My grandmother used to say similar things. A long time ago, when one of my brothers was having a hard time with his life, dealing with addiction and divorce and some other heavy problems, and he said something to her about how rough things were. I can’t say she was sympathetic, except she was; the woman went through one world of hell in her lifetime. But what she said was “At some point, you have to put your pants on and go outside.”

To me, they’re similar sentiments: you still have to decide what to do.

2 Comments on What To Do

  1. deborah says:

    I choose to largely comment on the crying aspect of your post and not the ‘anger’ aspect. Crying occurs as the result of an emotion, it is not the emotion itself (like anger is).

    Crying can be useful, in that sometimes you are not even aware of how much something is affecting you until you cry or feel like crying. And it is even a marker of supreme joy (like how I might feel if a transwoman won the Miss America pageant).

  2. Leksi says:

    anger is the *emotional* excitement induced by intense displeasure. in it’s most general term,..names a reaction to a cause, often times found necessary to reach a further growth and understanding in the *circle* which binds us to all things. Anger must sometimes be found or reached as an individual part of a progression or journey. One should not linger there..but use it only as [a means] a passing device to gain insight and move past it into the next level of understanding in one’s own *circle* of knowledge. as the human being is composed of multiple layers of elements, including ire, fury, rage, indignation, wrath…it is also countered with compassion, & understanding, …to put our pants on and go out into the world…is to recognize our inner self and *all* it’s emotions and find sympathetic consciousness.

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