The world today sometimes makes us feel “broken” in our everyday life, our aches and pains and joys disjointed, we ask “what is the meaning of it all?”
“The easiest thing to do is throw a rock. It’s a lot harder to create a stained glass window.” – Jon Foreman
Stained glass windows are made of fragments, like pieces of a puzzle. Only when viewed from afar that they transform into a beautiful whole.
If we stop and step back, maybe we can see how far we have come. In our relationships, the joys we have brought to others, our contribution to the world no matter how small, perhaps we can see a pattern emerging – a beautiful stained glass window in the making.
“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.” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Stained glass windows offer a glimpse into something sublime. They tell us that there is something beyond the mundane, that perhaps we can transform ourselves and our world beyond the ordinary.
Stained glass windows at St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic
“Would it turn out right? How to tell you, girl I wanna build my world around you Tell you that it’s true I wanna make you understand I’m talking about a lifetime plan” – Little River Band, “Reminiscing”
Nothing beats the thought of committing to a marriage when it comes to thinking about the future. Even the act of proposing is fraught with suspense. This pair of adopted benches in Central Park, New York, seems to tell an on-going story.
The wedding itself is a joint commitment to the future.
Whether in Ghent with a horse-drawn carriage…
Or a beach wedding in the Philippines at sunset…
It’s all about The Future, nothing else matters, it seems.
But it’s actually also about the present, because only when the present is full of hope and anticipation can we imagine a beautiful future.
“We can never know about the days to come But we think about them anyway… And tomorrow we might not be together I’m no prophet and I don’t know nature’s ways So I’ll try and see into your eyes right now And stay right here ’cause these are the good old days” – Carly Simon, “Anticipation”
And oftentimes the future we imagine is one where we can enjoy reminiscing about today, because today is what we hope will become the good old days of tomorrow.
“The hills are alive with the sound of music With songs they have sung for a thousand years The hills fill my heart with the sound of music My heart wants to sing every song it hears.“ – The Sound Of Music
One of the most popular movies of all time is The Sound of Music. Though it was made more than 50 years ago, its message of hope in a time of war, expressed through music, has stood the test of time.
(Lake Leopoldskron and Leopoldskron Palace)
The film was shot around Salzburg, Austria, and whether one likes to sing along to the soundtrack or not, everyone can agree that the beauty of the place is something that adds to its charm.
The city of Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart, is itself beautiful, but seeing the Lake District and the Alps around it was an even more heartwarming experience.
Like the film, it made me see a world where music can fill the soul, where one can be reminded of the beauty in this world.
But we don’t have to go as far as Austria. As the song goes: “When the dog bites, when the bee stings When I’m feeling sad I simply remember my favorite things And then I don’t feel so bad.” – My Favorite Things
We can always find a quiet corner in our everyday world, where we can hum a cheerful melody in our head.