I explain that this moral-based story takes place during a time when clothes hung “out on the line.” That was so long ago, that some of you may not relate to what that even means. You may never have experienced the joy of tugging a basket of clean, wet clothes out to the back yard and hanging them on a rope strung from one pole to another, so they could dry in the sun – or get rewashed by the rain.
It’s like those Facebook postings of pictures of gadgets used 50 years ago with the challenge – Do you know what this is? Seems I ALWAYS know what that is. And it’s fun to see it, after having it totally out of my consciousness for so many years.
I can’t even imagine what gadgets used in the 21st century will be photographed and shown 20 years from now, with no recognition by that day’s IN generation.
What it tells me though is that whatever comes along, we will love it, use it, discard it and move on to something better – at least in someone’s eyes. Hope you enjoy the story about why the clothes were dirty.
Consider This Show – Dirty Laundry
This story took place back during the time when clothes were hung on the clothes line in the yard to dry. The wife was horrified that her neighbor always hung dirty clothes on the line. Wash day after wash day – dirty clothes.
One morning, she looked out and was amazed to see spanking clean clothes on her neighbor’s clothes line. Her husband sheepishly admitted, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows. That’s why the clothes look clean now.”
Moral of the story – What we see when watching others depends on the clarity with which we observe.
Sometimes things seem to be turning against our beliefs and our values. Maybe we have to make sure our windows aren’t clouded as we look out. Is there some truth in the other opinion? Are there good reasons that people with the courage of their convictions have finally been able to change things?
We agreed with causes that overturned old ways, in the past – the vote for women . . . health care for the elderly . . . drunk driving penalties. Maybe those things that are winning now really did need to be changed.
If not, dig in your heels and try to change them back. Demand it! Or figure out how to go along with things as they have changed, and keep a stiff upper lip.