TRUE COLORS (Ganda Ninang!)


Our pastor says that if there’s a screen on our forehead that shows our thoughts, we will surely try to cover it. Our thoughts are not something we can always be proud of; but do they reveal who we really are? Is our unscreened way of thinking (or speaking, or acting) our “true color”?

Some people seem to be innately good– kinder, with more smiles in their pocket, soft-spoken, calm and unfazed amidst challenges (I salute you!). Others just have no good word to say to you or about others (so sad!). If the “good” person, in the heat of the moment can snarl at an ill-performing waitress; and the “bad” one, in a spur of the moment, suddenly gives alms to the poor, who actually shows her True Color? What is their true color?

Is our “true color” a moment of weakness or a sum of strengths? Is it momentary glory or a lifetime of striving? Is it an excuse or an accolade, fluke or trend, loss or demonstration of self-control?

Many people in positions of authority seem to be losing self-control in the manner and content of their speech. Are they finally showing their True Color, or losing it? The president remains the same. Are we expecting him to hide his?

We all have flaws, and they are part of who we are. We all have strengths, and using them create and build who we are supposed to be. Our person, if it were a color, will be composed of different hues, either pleasing or annoying to those who see them. Our behavior, like a painting, can be seen in different perspectives; it can either make sense or not, depending on the expertise and experiences of the onlooker. It doesn’t matter what your true colors are; only those who appreciate them.

It’s the different wavelengths of light that we see as colors. Without light, colors are mere figment of the imagination. We cannot see our “true colors”- who we are and who we can be- without the Light of the world shining in and through us. And we definitely need the light of God, to see the sensible, probably surprisingly wonderful  “hues” of others.

“..I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – JESUS, Our Lord and Savior in John 8:12

“But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow” – Ninang singing with Cindi Lauper

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