Windows of My World

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.

IMG_0342One of the blogs that I follow “Breath of Green Air” ( 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?

About Gwynn Rogers

After 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the fields of real estate, high tech, and corporate travel, Gwynn has moved on to the career of “Grandma.” When not teaching her granddaughters an extensive vocabulary of “alley-oop-boop, ups-a-daisy, cowabunga or bummer”, Gwynn can be found hunting for mentors for the Kitsap Youth Mentoring Consortium, or chasing her fantasies on her treadmill. Gwynn currently freelances for magazines.
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12 Responses to Windows of My World

  1. Tina Peterson says:

    I love the perspective you’ve taken to open our windows, as well! Thank you!!

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Thanks Tina, for commenting. I snuck this post in earlier this week, but I didn’t tell anyone about it. Keeping our windows open and cleaned off, so we can see clearly is important. Choosing what we see is critical too. Thanks again! Gwynn

  2. Depends on the window. Out the back there is a peek-a-boo view of mountains, best in winter when the bare deciduous trees leave only the evergreens to block the way. Out the front, a flower garden which even at this time of year has color from blooming heather. That’s the best windows to look out, which in the house as in life it’s best to look out the windows that offer the best view.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      It sounds as if you have some lovely views from your windows. Choosing which window you want to look out of definitely IS important, as well as in life. Also, you have a lot of portholes to look out of too. I hope your views there are equally enjoyable. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I love the laughter and humor window, Gwynn. I wish I could look into it more, but life so gets in the way, throwing less harmonious windows here and there, insisting that I look into them. I love the way you presented this — lyrically written and with so much optimism. I will take a look at that book, for sure. On a different note, how did I miss you posting anew here? The email notification must’ve gotten away from me. I’ve been looking forward to your posts. Thank you for sharing your views — always wonderful to read.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      You missed this post because as in my old days, I snuck out of my window… and didn’t tell anyone. I did want to see if my Blog notified anyone. As you see, my Blog isn’t being very communicative. I need to be better like you about posting on my blog.

      Like you, I’m trying to find the humor and laughter window, but it must have fogged over, as I can’t find it at the moment. Shoot… I guess that means I have to clean my windows!!

      By the way, CONGRATULATIONS on finishing your book! Way to go, lady!! I’m applauding. You are a delightful influence.

      But, I may have lost my marbles in signing up for the A to Z Challenge… what was I thinking!! GULP!

  4. Susan Scott says:

    Wonderful post Gwynn! Am only sorry that I’m getting to it only now, Was not notified in usual way. I love your story about pruning and gardening so that you can see better with wider eyes (paraphrasing) and of course, you always add a dash of humour which makes it more than a delight…
    So many windows … right now as I look out from my desk part of my garden is in shadow as the days become shorter. The shadows are beautiful – and remind me of our own shadows that are always worth looking at and into …
    Thank you for this post 🙂

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      Shadows are so interesting Susan as our imagination runs wild and we see so many things that may or may not be there. Or the shadows can bring comfort as the shade from a tall tree on a hot summer’s day. A glass of water, wine, or juice will add to that comfort as you relax while enjoying your ocean view.

      Thanks for commenting Susan. For some reason, this post was important to me. The issue of learning that I “have choices” and can make decisions is important to me, but I don’t know how many others have this issue.

      I enjoy your comments and your wisdom.

  5. LuAnn Braley says:

    New subscriber from the A to Z Challenge list!

    Let’s see. Outside my window is snow that has been melting and refreezing so that it looks like white glass reflecting the sunlight. And, less poetically, the 45 degree angle icicles that are tearing down our raingutters.

    • Gwynn Rogers says:

      LuAnn welcome! Picture this… sun sparkling off the blue waters of the bay. Seagulls floating in mid-air. The breeze waltzes the trees in the gully behind my house. The Irises are springing up… some how Spring is in the air. Heck, California had snow today and the Pacific NW’s temperature is in the mid-50’s. What a year!

  6. patgarcia says:

    Very nice article my dear friend and the theme is something that I love to think about. Which window do I look out of? Well, let say that I’m blessed to have a heart that is easy to let things go. Some years back, I made a conscious decision to accept the fact that I am not perfect and will make mistakes. Then to look at those mistakes and move on as I re focus on my vision, my purpose to live. I’m not saying this has been easy because deciding to forget what happened back then and see my future and what I want to become is hard work. But you have to make yourself turn away from the darkness and see the roses and orchids that will brighten your life.


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