People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
I visited an old abbey near Lyon, France. Monks had reconstructed their stained glass from a pile of shattered pieces. The second floor of the abbey has endless windows such as this one. It was breathtaking.
The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
Bars on the widows – they keep you in, or they keep others out. It all depends on how you choose to look at it. This is how Henri Charrière may have viewed his place behind bars as he always considered himself a free man.
There’s an old joke we used to repeat a lot as kids. It went like this:
Q: What do you call the apparatus that allows us to talk to people far away?
A: A telephone.
Q: What do you call the apparatus that allows us to see images and hear sound from anywhere in the world?
A: A television.
Q: What do you call the machine that sends text messages via beeps
A: A telegraph.
Q: What do you call the machine that allows you to closely gaze at the stars?
A: A Telescope.
Q: What do you call the apparatus that allows you to see through a wall?
A: A window.
Oddly enough, after a chain of objects starting with tele, people never thought of the obvious and simple answer of a window. We were kids, may I remind you… But even those who weren’t kids, the grow-ups around us were the ones who taught us this riddle. They loved it because themselves never figured it out. Most people usually assume solutions need to be complicated to be good.
Most people would be wrong. Windows remind us that solutions are best when kept simple.
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