Musings

Of Pain and Pomelos

It’s been a long time since I last shared a muni-muni on this blog. 🙂 Surprisingly today, I learned a few lessons while peeling a pomelo. Kind of funny no?

While I was peeling the pomelo, Mama precautioned, “O, ingatan mong mahiwa ‘yung laman, baka pumait.” (Be careful not to slice through the pomelo’s flesh while peeling it as it may taste bitter.)

There I realized, we people are like pomelos. Bruises and cuts from life’s unpleasant experiences tend to make us bitter. Pain can make us bitter persons. But unlike the pomelos, we people have the choice on how to respond with pain. We are given free will to either surrender it to the Lord or let it rule over our lives.

Another thing, while peeling the pomelo, I discovered that the white part covering its flesh is too thick pala. It’s thick enough to protect its flesh from being cut or sliced. Then naisip ko, pwede naman palang iwasang ‘di mahiwa ang laman ng suha para ‘di ito pumait. I realized, if we’re only careful enough, we can avoid being the cause of hurt and pain of others. We can do something to keep them from being bitter. Although we can’t avoid that because we’re mere humans, we can watch our words and our actions, and be more sensitive with other people’s feelings.

If we really need to correct them though, we can do it in a loving way so as not to break them. We are made to build up people, not break them apart. We must cling to God even more so we can be instruments of healing rather than breaking. We must ask God to guard our words and actions each waking day.

Our words and actions are like knives. When mishandled, they have the ability to break a person … the same way knife cuts make a sweet-tasting pomelo turn into a bitter-tasting one.

Let’s not add more bitter “pomelo” casualties out there. Let’s pray to be instruments to making more people better than bitter.

Okayyyyyyyyyyyyy, I’ll go back to eating my pomelo now. 🙂 Ciao!

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