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Painful Mirrors


Truth is often accompanied by intense pain, and almost no one is looking for painful truths. ~Haruki Murakami

The truth about painful truth is that it is the truth we need to walk through to overcome the pain from the avoided truth. The process requires us to let go of the subtly painful lies we allowed to trap us in a state of complacency for so long we no longer realize we existed in a state of perpetual pain. When the shock of painful truth subsides, we can finally step closer to bliss, to being open to the magic life holds for our beckoning, the succulent fruit dangling from the tree and squeeze a glass of liquid sunshine.

We all need to hear a series of painful truths if we are to live in a fully woke state. We must be careful because to get all the truths at once would find pain sending us into shock, catatonic existence unable to process the experience.

Truths, especially painful ones, are best experienced in well-spaced intervals, far enough apart so to maintain existential coherence, close enough so we don’t forget that the pain eventually subsides and we must manage the inevitable wounds inflicted by revealed truths.

It is possible to uncover hidden truths on our own but that requires a step into deepest hell where there may be no escape, no hand to reach in and pull us out of ourselves. It’s better to have friends willing to hold up a mirror to our face so we can see the truth written in our souls, trusted confidants we allow to pull the band-aid off in one, quick, hair plucking swipe, intimates agile enough to duck when we throw a sucker punch and not hold the transgression against us.

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