Dirty Windows

Today I was checking my emails and a very good friend of mine had sent me this one:

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.

“That laundry is not very clean,” she said. “She doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbor would hang her wash 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 has learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this.”

The husband 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.

At first, after reading this, all I could say was WOW. I really hadn’t expected that ending to it. I had thought it was going to be one of those cutesy jokes and maybe that was actually what it was supposed to be but, it really hit a nerve with me.

This little story is SO true. So many times people automatically assume things about other people without investigating enough to learn the truth. We prefer to peer at others and the unknown through our own tainted glasses, peering through closed curtains and closed minds and jumping to the worst conclusions.

My dad has a saying: Sweep around your own back door before you start snooping around mine. That kinda goes along with that saying that when you point your finger at someone else, if you look closely (at your hand) there are three more fingers pointed right back at you.

So all in all, we are no better than anyone else and wasting our time finding fault with others means we are not taking the time to examine our own lives and our own faults and not working on correcting our own problems. It is so easy to sit in the comfort of our own home and point out the faults of others. It’s much harder to do something about it, whether that entails helping someone who truly needs help or taking the time to take corrective action to fix our own faults.

Maybe we should all take the time to clean our rose colored glasses and dirty windows so we can more clearly see that maybe it’s not our neighbors dirty laundry we need to be worrying about but our own.

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10 Responses to Dirty Windows

  1. Carol says:

    I received that email too and I was also very impressed. Yes, we all need to make sure we’re looking at things with clear eyes and clean mind before we make our judgments.

  2. SuziCate says:

    I got this ages ago and loved it. It reminded me of the bible verse (maybe in Matthew or one of the gospels) about removing the log from your own eye. Always a good lesson to remember, thanks for the reminder! Have a great weekend. LY

    • pegbur7 says:

      I think it says to remove the rafter from your own eye before removing the splinter from your brothers? Or something akin to that anyway! Thanks for the reminder of that one. Great verse.

  3. Ron says:

    BRAVA!

    I was totally not expecting that ending either. But, what a GREAT ending – WOW!

    “So many times people automatically assume things about other people without investigating enough to learn the truth. We prefer to peer at others and the unknown through our own tainted glasses, peering through closed curtains and closed minds and jumping to the worst conclusions.”

    You said it, my friend! And something I’ve been guilty of myself at times.

    “Maybe we should all take the time to clean our rose colored glasses and dirty windows so we can more clearly see that maybe it’s not our neighbors dirty laundry we need to be worrying about but our own.”

    Amen!

    Thanks for sharing this, Peg! Awesome post!

    Have a great weekend!

    X

  4. Jimmy says:

    Very true Peg, people seem to make assumptions about others before getting to know them, it is sad how easy it is to make a decision on someones character without ever learning what it is.

    Excellent post Peg and so true that we need to clean our windows before looking at someone and worrying about our own laundry more so than our neighbors says a mouthful.

  5. LisaF says:

    Oh so very true! This reminds me of a Scripture passage:

    Matthew 7:5
    You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

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