My lovely mother shared this little story with me yesterday, and I thought it had a great message. Believe it or not, Moms have a good eye for life advice. It’s weird, I know, but they tend to know what they’re talking about.
So, here’s the story.
The Window From Which We Look
A young couple moved into a new neighborhood. One morning, while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
“That laundry’s pretty dirty” she said. “She doesn’t know how to run the machine. Maybe she needs better detergent.”.
Her husband looked on, but stayed silent.
Every time the neighbor would hang her wash out to dry, the young woman would make the same comments.
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice, clean wash on the line and said to her husband: “Look. She learned how to wash her clothes. I wonder who showed her.”.
The husband looked over and said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
And so it is with life. What we see when watching others depends on the purity of the window through which we look.
Pretty cool, right?
So, if you ever see something and feel inclined to put a label on it, don’t. Instead, bust out the windex give your life window a good cleaning. Actually, clean it twice just for good measure. Make it crystal clear so that you see everything for what it’s worth.
Always make sure that the window that you see life through isn’t cloudy or covered in dust. View life through a clean window, see things without the dirt and grime that you think surrounds them.
Step back, don’t judge things for what they look like. Most importantly, don’t be a dirt-bag, wash your windows