Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 25-31 October 2015
“Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.”
If there is one question that may scratch our heads more than anything else is when we are given a choice: “Which one to accept? A bitter truth or a sweet lie?”
Most of us might pick the second option: Sweet lie. Why? It has something to do with pain.
We normally want to avoid pain. Unpleasant sensation when we suffer some setbacks in our lives be it physical, emotional or social. However, when pain becomes inevitable, we normally try to hold on as long as we can; hoping that pain may instead go or become less painful.
But as we face the inevitable, we find out that the bitter truth is the best choice after all. We regret of not choosing it, since we thought of avoiding the pain first until we learn that the sweetest lie is more painful than the bitter truth.
In dealing with situations similar to this, we often find out that more we avoid the truth, the more it becomes painful. We find out that we have simply prolonged our agony and that we are facing the consequence of holding the truth. Our problems multiply and we soon find ourselves gasping from the pain we are experiencing. After all, we know the pain is there, we just denied it existed even though it is there. It does not remove the problem; we merely went away but caught us.
So how should we choose when we are faced with this problem? First, it is wise to face the truth, as we only are fooling ourselves if we keep holding back the truth we neglect. Second, as we face the bitter truth, ask God for help, enlightenment and strength to face the pain we experience. Finally, learn from the experience, as it may be of use on our lives in the future.
The bitterest truth is better than the sweetest lie.