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Wash the Windows
August 15, 2016
A young couple moved into a new neighborhood.
The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbor hanging the washing outside.
“That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”
Her husband looked on, remaining silent.
Every time her neighbor hung her washing out to dry, the young woman made the same comments.
A month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?”
The husband replied, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
I love this story as I think it really mirrors life. How often to we judge others by what we “see” ( or rather think we see) We can be judging them in a bad way, such as in this story, or possibly even in a good way and thinking they have it all. Regardless – we judge and often the picture we create is not accurate. And in reality, what we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.
This week, don’t be too quick to judge others, especially if your perspective of life is clouded by anger, jealousy, negativity or unfulfilled desires.