I saw this quote today:
"The cure for anything is salt water --
sweat, tears, or the sea." Isak Dinesen
You have to think about it a second, and it's brilliant. That's the best kind of quote. I was quite immediately impressed with it.
But, as is my wont, I thought about it some more.
Sweat was a part of the curse of sin on the land.
Tears are a result of sin, and will be erased in the coming age.
Sea is the symbol of death, the final foe vanquished by Christ.
So, really Isak is saying the cure for sin is in its curse. Sweat opposes everything sin takes from us in labors. Tears oppose everything taken from us loss. And the sea takes from us all the poisonous that can be soaked out by rest.
So maybe she's actually right, outside of Christ. It's certainly a powerful insight.