I wanted to share a story with you of how bird poop on my kitchen window gave me a big “Ah-HA” moment.
I got home late Saturday evening after spending almost 3 weeks in Europe. The final day was all travel, and even though a napped briefly on my flight from London to Chicago, I was pretty exhausted when I finally walked through the door of my Home, Sweet Home.
After dropping my bags, the first thing I noticed was a big ole splatter of bird poop right smack in the middle of the window over the kitchen sink.
It was 10 PM on Saturday night. I had been on the go for almost 24 hours. Even though the splatter bothered me, I decided to ignore it. I unpacked, created little piles of laundry, fixed myself a glass of water, and went to bed.
On Sunday morning, the bird poop was still there. I averted my eyes when I made coffee. I spent all day in the great room – which is open to the kitchen. I tried to pretend I didn’t see the bird poop. But honestly, this was a six inch splatter right in the middle of the window – exactly at eye level. It was kind of hard to pretend it didn’t exist. But all day, I alternated between ignoring it – and telling myself I had to get all the laundry done before I tackled it.
On Monday morning, while the coffee was brewing, I just couldn’t ignore this giant splatter any longer. I armed myself with Windex and a roll of paper towels. I pulled off my slippers, grabbed the step stool, and climbed up on top of the kitchen counter. I balanced myself to avoid stepping into the sink. Then, I flipped the window open (like in this photo).
Not only was there bird poop on the window, but it was on the screen too. I rinsed the screen, cleaned the window, and put everything back in place. Then I washed my hands. The whole process took 15 minutes.
After wards, I fixed my first cup of coffee and was able to really savor while looking out my crystal clear window. I felt so free and accomplished – all from spending 15 minutes washing the bird poop away.
Then it hit me. Our minds are sometimes like my kitchen window.
Our dreams and inner most desires peek at us – like sunshine through the clouds. We allow our colliding thoughts and “have tos” keep us from digging into what we want the most. But then, we we sit down to try to “think” about what we want, we just feel muddled.
What we most desire is to gaze forward with crystal clear insight.
But like my kitchen window, it’s hard to hone in on what we want the most thanks to the big ole splatter of bird poop in the way. So, you can choose to ignore the callings of your heart. You can pretend that you don’t have dreams or desires outside of what you are currently doing. Or. You can decide to take a few moments of time to clear away the colliding thoughts and ask yourself some questions about what you want at this point in your life.
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Arm yourself with a step ladder, Windex and paper towels so that you can see clearly through the window of your heart to what you really want the most.