Wednesday, November 03, 2010

windows . . .

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.

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I don't typically read all of the things that are forwarded to me (I skim for content and move on), and rarely do I pass them along. But this little gem showed up in my e-mail inbox this morning, and it was short and unencumbered by all the 'forwarding address clutter' that usually mark e-mails of this nature, so I read it. I'm so glad, because this is *so* true! I've read (and to my embarrassment, experienced) that one is most prone to accuse another of something the accuser is doing or has done. 'Nuff said.

Perhaps this was just for me; I'll make a concerted effort to make sure my windows are clean so my outlook is clearer today. But perhaps someone else could stand to clean their windows today, too!

And besides, I'm fairly certain there were quilts in the laundry basket in the picture!

Happy Wednesday!


4 left a comment . . .:

Quilt Hollow said...

:-) Smiles to you today!!

Cathy said...

So very, very true. We have to remove the log from our own eyes to see the speck in our neighbours'. Hope you have a good rest of the week.

Nancy said...

I love that story. Thanks so much for sharing. We all need that reminder once in a while.

Zlaty said...

It is so true! Thanks for sharing the story Denise! :)