Wonderful window of opportunity

References to reflections and windows abound in poetry and prose in powerful and evocative images that arguably embrace the full tapestry of life.

GOLDEN HOUR: Sunrise reflection at Nahoon
Picture: ROY HEWETT

From Albert Einstein’s “Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people”, and “Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts”, one is led into the captivating contemplation of these two seemingly simple, yet imposing, concepts.

From the basic acts of peering through a window or viewing a reflection in a mirror, the path to understanding and embracing their deeper levels of meaning is begun.

Of course windows can perform the reflective properties of mirrors under the right circumstances, which adds to the allure and mystique, in a way, of these utilitarian (to some) objects.

The concept of windows ranges from portals for viewing the outside, “windows of opportunity”, shop windows and windows of the computer world.

On another level, there are those who believe that eyes reflect the inner being of humans and are “windows to the soul”.

The undeniable and inextricable links between reflections and windows are clear.
There are those who caution against constraints in the pursuit of wisdom as we peer through the windows of life:

“Many books mean many windows; many windows mean many new lights! Don’t get stuck in one window, one book, one man, one country and one belief! Increase your windows! Wisdom is the house made of only windows!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

Possibly even more powerful, given the monumental role played by the internet during this century, is the advice:

“Never presume to know a person based on the one-dimensional window of the internet. A soul can’t be defined by critics, enemies or broken ties with family or friends. Neither can it be explained by posts or blogs that lack facial expressions, tone or insight into the person’s personality and intent. Until people get that, we will forever be a society that thinks Beautiful Mind was a spy movie and every stranger is really a friend on Facebook.” – Shannon L Alder

Reflections of the physical variety range from the perfect images seen in mirrors to the variously distorted forms of those provided by other smooth surfaces and bodies of water.

What can beat the striking reflection of a wild animal at a still drinking hole, or the magnificence of a beautiful sunrise reflected by the ocean?

But arguably more significant to the human spirit is the mental sense and level of reflection. It takes time and requires effort, but the rewards are arguably unsurpassable depending on the quality and timing of that crucial aspect of human pursuit. Our well-being and healthy development are founded on this.

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

“Sometimes, it is necessary to quiet the mind in order to be able to hear. How can we tune into what is going on outside of ourselves, if it is drowned out by what is going on inside of ourselves? Find your stillness, find your calm, and listen. Allow the universe [to] speak to you.” – Akiroq Brost

“Sometimes moments in life are so perfect you want to freeze-frame them; capture them within your soul forever so they never fade away – they burn themselves into your being until they’re a part of who you are.” – Cassandra Giovanni, Flawed Perfection

In many ways, reflections and windows define man.

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