Thursday, October 6, 2011

The World Beyond a Dirty Windshield

It's a beautiful autumn morning. As I drove into town, I decided to record the segment of my drive that takes me to the only stop sign along the way, hoping to share the first whispers of reds and golds in the trees, the blue sky above.

I found myself thinking, "Dang, I wish I didn't have such a dirty windshield. It's ruining everything."

I told myself the world was still beautiful, beyond that dirty windshield. Of course, as a writer, I saw this as a metaphor for life. How often do we get so caught up in focusing on the dirty windshield--the bugs, the day-to-day problems in our lives--instead of focusing on the good and beautiful things?

There's a big, beautiful world out there, if only we can see beyond our dirty windshields.


  1. Ain't that the way life goes . . . sometimes you're the bug - sometimes you're the windshield.

  2. Sometimes you have to roll down the side window and look at the world from another perspective.

  3. And if you've got a dirty windshield at least you aren't walking...


  4. Love the view, both your writerly perspective and the trip down your road.

  5. @Russell - okay, I'm thankful I'm not a bug. :)

    @K.D. McCrite - excellent addition to my metaphor!

    @Doug - There's a thought. Or, maybe walking gets that dirty windshield off my mind.

    @madisonwoods - Thanks. I know you also appreciate those country drives, dirty windshield or not. :)