I had the windows at my house cleaned recently. While no one else noticed, I sure did.
This small act made looking out from my home an entirely new experience.
I could feel the trees sway in a way I hadn’t before.
I could decode the message the flowers were there to convey.
And the sun entered the living spaces with golden benevolence.
In reality, though, nothing had changed. The trees had been like this all along. So were the flowers. And also the sun.
But what changed?
Just the removal of film and buildup on the windows and my view from the inside.
It reminds me of the moments I give myself some time to each morning to wash the windows of my eyes.
When I wash the repetitive thoughts and unnecessary angst away, I’m able to take in a whole new human experience.
As many have said before, we don’t see how things are…we see things as we are.
Yes, Windex for the soul comes in many forms: solitude, silence, stillness, & gratitude – just to name a few.
Any other number that we believe is the bridge between us and our joy, peace, and contentment is simply not true.
You can’t weigh enough.
You can’t count enough.
You can’t measure enough.
You can only hold it…be with it…and enjoy it. It’s simply experiential and it’s the most freeing number your soul will ever know.
PS // What if we taught our children how to count to enough? My sense is that by learning how to behold the ‘enough’ in their little lives they would also internally find a way to see this big beautiful truth in the mirror as well.
Brian Zahnd is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Brian and his wife, Peri, founded the church in 1981. Brian is also the author of several books, including, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Water to Wine, A Farewell To Mars, and Beauty Will Save the World.
In this interview Brian stretches us to new realms of understanding the Divine, love, forgiveness, and the way of peacemaking.
…come from the closet of our thoughts.