Accepting limits that make life better

By Jeff Smith
Special to The PREVIEW

A wise person accepts certain limits that make life better.

Proverbs 10:31 reads, “The mouth of the upright man is budding with wisdom, but the twisted tongue will be cut off” (or silenced, in most other versions).

I have been trying to be more truthful lately. No, I wouldn’t say I have been lying, really, but I sometimes get rather, uh, evasive with the truth. Since I am trying to change that, it is getting me into trouble, so now I have to start changing what I do.

There is this plodding, ho-hum, nose-to-the-grindstone aspect to telling the truth and doing right every day. I know that. The fact that I paid my bills this month, drove the speed limit yesterday and brushed my teeth this morning will not make the tabloids.

The odd thing about driving the speed limit, though, is that it means that I have to plan my trips better than the one with the pedal to the metal. So, some good occurs when I force myself to accept that limit. If it at first seems boring, it doesn’t stay that way. Doing right things and being truthful requires change, fresh new ideas and better habits. Those things grow and blossom with time. Some of those ideas even become worthy of being listened to.

On the other hand, it is tempting to believe that people enjoy “twisted” or unjust words, or that they don’t care whether someone lies to them. Not so. For awhile, yes, maybe, but not forever; not even when they are flattering or are for a good cause. With time people hate the liar and hate the horse that brought ‘em.

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This story was posted on August 24, 2017.