Have you ever tried driving in a rainstorm without your windshield wipers?  I don’t recommend it, but the other day the windshield wipers went out on my car (not surprisingly), and I got to try it out.

But you experience the same thing to some degree in those moments right after the rain starts to fall and right before you turn your wipers on (or if your wipers are on, but going too slowly). 

As rain droplets steadily accumulate on the windshield, it becomes harder and harder to see where you’re going, and pretty soon you’re inches away from the windshield, peering through an increasingly distorted view of the road ahead, and your life is on the line.

Afterward I reflected on how similar that experience is to life.

Life has a tendency of befuddling our vision, much like driving without windshield wipers.  Its part of the natural process of living I guess.  Every day our minds become unavoidably bogged down in the minutia of daily life.  The multitude of small, simple things that constantly demand our attention, the larger decisions we face day in and day out, all conspire to blind our vision. 

In an environment of nonstop “rain”, we can easily lose focus on those things that truly matter most.  As time passes we’re left peering through an increasingly distorted view of the road before us and if we’re not careful, we’ll take a wrong turn somewhere, or worse.

There must be opposition in all things.  Its part of that spiritual entropy I talk about all the time, and it’s vital that we stay in tune, but how?  Well, I talk a lot about that here, but above all, we should consider temple attendance as a vital step to keeping your vision clear.

The temple has a way of lifting you out of the world, raising your vision, resetting your perspective, and clearing your mind.  It’s like that first swipe of the wiper across your windshield – suddenly you can see again.  It’s refreshing and enlightening.

Regular and recurring trips to the temple can therefore serve to keep our perspective clear, give us sustained hope in troubled times and has a tempering effect to life’s most troubling trials.


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2 replies
  1. undergroundnetwork
    undergroundnetwork says:

    I like the metaphor, I imagine most people can relate to it. Everyone has different windscreen wiper though. Something that allows you to escape from the madness, take a breather, and gain some clarity in their thought. I actually understand how yours is the temple, I can see how that would work for you. As an atheist, mine is a good book, something philosophical. Somewhere to get lost in for a bit, gain an interesting insight, and then return to reality with a new perspective on something. Perhaps music works for others, or even blogging.

  2. Rusty Lindquist
    Rusty Lindquist says:

    What an important addition. You’re so correct. We all have our various ways of clearing our mind, refocusing ourselves, and resetting our priorities. What’s important is to ensure we do those things in regular enough intervals that we don’t let ourselves ever drive too long with a blurry windshield.

    Thanks for your comment, and please come again.


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