Every man takes the limits of his own
field of vision for the limits of the world.
~Arthur Schopenhauer, "Studies in Pessimism,"
As I sat there staring through the window, I wondered how long it had been since last I took a squeegee to them ... the windows. They didn't appear to be too dirty, but since I couldn't recall the last time they'd been washed, I knew my assessment was flawed. My decision was swift.
Grateful for a new telescoping pole in lieu of a ladder for the higher windows, I grabbed my related assortment of cleaning devices. Then I set about whipping up a batch of my secret, super-duper, never-streaking, powerful window cleaning solution. With bucket & gear in hand, I moved into action.
It began with the removal of screens, which I promptly set aside for a later bathing of their own. Then I assessed the best place to begin, deciding to tackle the easiest windows first.
For the better part of two hours I slathered & scrubbed & squeaked. I made my way around & through a few big Rhododendrons, Hostas & Bracken Fern, a Lilac bush and some sort of monster shrub I can't identify. Guerrilla warfare was warranted when tackling areas not easily navigated.
When at last the windows gleamed, I set about scrubbing the screens - - shocked by the tense residue that argued about its being removed. Apparently it liked its habitat.
At last my chore was complete, and with great satisfaction I tucked my tools away for another
Throughout the late afternoon & early evening I found myself walking around the house to peer through the now-clean glass. What a difference. What a great sense of satisfaction. What an entirely different perspective of what lay beyond them.
Today the windows make me grin; and I am amazed at the life-lessons associated with the simple (though tiring & sometimes difficult) chore of getting them clean.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve
what God’s will is—His good, pleasing
and perfect will.
- Just a little bit of dust, not to mention grime will always obscure the true beauty beneath or beyond it.
- Regular care & cleaning is far easier than the alternative.
- Funny what can be seen when one is able to see it.
- If it's easier to see out or through something that's clear or clean, then it must be equally easy to see in.
- The longer tense residue is allowed to cling, the tougher it is to remove it.
- Cleaning initiatives need not be labors of drudgery; nor must they produce shame. They can be adventures ... little re-discoveries.
Some men see things as they are and ask why.
Others dream things that never were
and ask why not.
~George Bernard Shaw
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
What is true by lamplight is not
always true by sunlight.