For a guy who loves the light, why did I let it get so dark?
This thought came to me recently as I was looking out my newly cleaned windows :-); of course, the words immediately became more meaningful so I sat down to write and share them with you.
Why do we often allow the lenses, the windows, through which we regard life get too darkened by our experience of life? Do we just get gradually used to it and not attend to it?
Consider how a dirty window makes for a dirty view. Here is a powerful insight from Anais Nin:
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are”; so it stands to reason that we all must first attend to our own windows if we want to see more clearly.
The ancient text encourages us to first remove that which is in our own eye before pointing fingers at others.
Are you familiar with the advice to notice your pointing hand when you point? Point at something now and look at your hand, notice that there are three fingers pointing back at you.
Quoting the ancient text again:
“eyes are the window of the soul”.
How do your eyes look when you regard yourself in the mirror?
Also, to understand the ones around you better, it’s not enough to look deeper into their eyes but also to have a clean window through which you can look at them.
How dirty is your window?
I am now more committed to keeping my windows as clean as I can.
Because I so love the light that shines through.
This week, consider your daily disciplines that help keep your windows clean. Notice your activities and behaviors that dirty your window. Have others clouded your view of the world, and if so, why did you let them? Are you hearing words of hope and light or are you receiving more fear and anxiety? What activities are you doing that clean your window rather than make it dirty. Also consider how your choices and behaviors are making your neighbors’ window dirty or clean.
Our windows will get dirty, it’s just the way of the world, but it is up to us individually to do what is necessary to keep our window clean.
Be the change you want to see by attending all the more to the window through which you see the world.
Make it a great clean window week!