Currently, I am reading Matteo Pericoli’s book, WINDOWS ON THE WORLD… 50 WRITERS, 50 VIEWS. This incredible book verbally describes the view, literally, from 50 various writers’ office-windows. Here is my opportunity to travel around the world without leaving my own office chair. The views include gated communities, slums with houses barely standing, forests thick with flowers and wildlife, office complexes with cars whizzing by, and even palaces. To me the book is fascinating as I love to see how and where people live. Some artists have more than one window in their office, so then they have the opportunity to choose which view they will look at during their day.
Since we have moved into a new year, WINDOWS ON THE WORLD, invites me to look out of my window to reflect on my view from my desk. Looking at the forest of trees in the gully on the side of my house, I see multiple views… not only my current view but my view from prior years. In my past, I would say my window was covered by overgrown dark trees and undergrowth that severely needed cutting back. As in a dense forest thick with brush and leaves, I could not see past my nose. Now, over the years I have learned to garden. I have cut back the limbs, pruned the trees and shrubs, and even pulled the weeds. After years of reflecting, I NOW have learned that I have a choice as to which window I want to look out of… the dark past, or my bright future to the sunlight.
One of the blogs that I follow “Breath of Green Air” (http://breathofgreenair.com/2015/01/02/new-years-gateway/) so aptly expresses the importance of choosing and going after what we want in life. Seonaid’s words and photography are stunning. I hope you will take a look.
So which window do you choose to look out of at life? Will you walk forward into the sun light or do you choose to stay in the shadows?
Another view that I’m choosing is to look for is the laughter and humor in my life; so I also need to add that I’m learning NOT to walk into my sliding glass door anymore. I can’t tell you how embarrassing it is to smash into the door when I’m dancing around my kitchen. It is time to open my doors up to let the sun shine in! Also, I really don’t want to break my door.
When you look out your windows what do YOU see?