Our very business in life is not to get ahead of others. . .but to get ahead of ourselves.” —Thomas S. Monson
Let us start our “Spring Cleaning” with the Windows!
Forbidden Topic Wednesday
A young, successful couple found their dream home. Shortly after purchasing it, the couple sat at their kitchen table to eat breakfast. The wife looked out the window, and to her surprise, she saw her neighbor hanging laundry on the clothesline.
“That laundry isn’t clean, it’s still dirty!” she said to her husband. “Someone needs to teach her a thing or two when it comes to washing her clothes!”
A couple of days later, the couple sat down at their kitchen table for a meal. The wife saw her neighbor hanging clothes on the clothesline. But this time something was different.
“Wow, look!” the surprised wife said to her husband, “Her clothes are clean! Someone must have taught her how to wash her clothes!” Without raising his head from his plate, the husband kindly responded, “Actually, honey, I got up early this morning and washed the window.”
And so it is with life—what we see when watching others depends on the window through which we look. Washing our own windows from time to time changes our perspective.
It’s interesting how events, life stages or even a bit of wisdom can change our perspectives all together. The important thing is, however, that you always reflect on how you’ve been changed as a person and how you can improve as a person, not on how someone else needs to change or improve.
So, this week in particular, lets do away with all judgmental thoughts, blame-games and any thoughts that involve critiquing others. The minute a negative or judgmental thought comes to mind about anyone else, I challenge you to change that thought into something you can improve about yourself. We are not encouraging self-shame but rather directing your attention towards becoming your ultimate self; in every area of your life.
Just think, if the newlywed above was focused more on releasing positive thoughts as opposed to negative ones, although she still may not have noticed her window needed cleaning, maybe she would have offered to help her neighbor “clean her dirty laundry” as opposed to just sitting in the kitchen in talking about her.