Behold Cheer

March 5, 2009

Cheer can spring from many sources. Love. Hope. But it can also emanate from the realization that a struggle has ended -- even a struggle that was lost. Cheer can be a harbinger of an acceptance of the end of something, as well as an emotion brought about by hope. Cheerful -- that's not always an emotion to be trusted. The final realization that the struggle may end; the final acknowledgment that the battle has not been won, but it has been completed. That is not joy, not exultation -- but it may be a form of relief. Smiles are not always signs of fortune, just as tears are not always signs of calamity.