Last month, I had all the windows and sliding glass door in my house replaced. The upgrade has been wonderful. It's amazing how we become so comfortable or tolerable with things as they are.
These were the originals and my home is approximately thirty years old. Although they were functional, they were not the most energy efficient. They were close to impossible to thoroughly clean which greatly impacted the light coming in and the view.
In addition, some frames needed to be replaced due to dry rot wood. The windows were hard to open and the sliding glass door was heavy and misaligned, making it hard to open and close.
I began thinking how this project is symbolic of life and how we live and view it. How?
For starters, the single pane is quite like our youth. We spend a lot of time not being efficient, as we are often in the learning phase. Experience typically brings wisdom and our last mistake is our best teacher. The double pane costs more; however, like that lesson of experience, it saves us energy in the long run.
The dry rot around the window represents sad or hurtful events or memories. We need to replace them with new events and memories and not hold on to them for they serve no purpose and detract from our inner and outer beauty.
A sparkling clean window allows the beauty of of the outside to be seen from the inside. My windows had dirty buildup and residue that detracted my view and limited the lighting. In life, things will go wrong and bad things happen to even the best people. The buildup on the windows is similar to the build up of negativity, pessimistic attitudes, limited vision and close-mindedness.
Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it. Our eyes are the windows to our soul and perception of the world. Clean your windows and open them in order to let the air circulate, thus allowing the beautiful sights and sounds of nature and life flow in.
The new sliding glass door glides like melted butter on toast. In life, are we so set on having things done a certain way that it causes struggle and strife when it could be as simple as learning a new way of doing something?
Think of how this applies to all areas of life and relationships. As the late Bruce Lee stated: "Learn to flow like water and be adaptable." Enjoy this short amazing video
of the legendary Bruce Lee playing table tennis with nunchucks. Truly impressive!
During the week, many people commute in vehicles. The windshield and rearview mirror are important features for the driving experience. It's important to realize that the windshield is bigger than the rear view mirror because where you are going is more important than where you've been.
The past is like using your rearview mirror in the car. It's good to glance back and see how far you've come, but if you stare too long, you'll miss what's right in front of you.
It's impossible to focus on both the rearview mirror and the windshield. The same is true in life. If you are constantly reliving and focusing on the past, you are robbing yourself of the joy of the present moment.
Your past is part of you, but it does not define you. The focus is not what is behind you but what is ahead.
Your attitude is like the windshield wipers. Replace the worn out and squeaky blades with new thoughts and positive affirmation. Seek to see the good in people and situations as you blink your eyes like the windshield wiper rhythmically during a rainstorm.
Enjoy a summer night drive with the A/C off and the windows down, with the cool air kissing your face and flowing through your hair.
Life is as simple or complicated as you make it. Simplify and embrace what you love.
Until next month,
TCOY = Take Care of You