Life beyond a dirty window

As you’d expect, when I’m writing I spend a lot of time at the desk in my home office. My desk faces a wall, and there is a window positioned to my left. Throughout much of the year I keep that window wide open, allowing the fresh air to flow across my desk while my fingers dance across the keyboard.

Every now and again I’ll take a break from looking at the computer screen and turn my head to watch the world outside.

Life beyond the dirty window

Most days my eyes focus in on how dirty the windows are, notice that the garden beds below really need a tidy, and spot that the fence palings are coming loose of their support beams yet again … but not today. Today the sun was shining brightly, the sky was a happy shade of blue, and I finally noticed the red and yellow flowers which had come into bloom. Spring has most definitely arrived.

Sometimes I get so preoccupied with the negative things that are happening right in front of me, that I fail to see the bigger, more positive picture a little further beyond. Thank goodness then, for the wisdom found to be found by looking through a dirty window.


  1. Caren

    “wisdom found by looking through a dirty window”
    those are pretty profound words, Tracey, in the most perfect way.
    I immediately thought, “she needs to write that down!” and blushed because, um, you did. 😉

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caren – Thanks for your kind comments … and you did give me a laugh. It’s funny how sometimes I forget that writing virtually still equates to writing something physically down … though I doubt I’ll ever kick my horrible habit of leaving notes written for myself everywhere. 🙂

  2. woolf

    hear, hear!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – Thanks for the rousing cheer of endorsement. 🙂

  3. Teresa

    Beautiful words Tracey and I know what you mean. My desk faces away from a window and while I’m sure it helps me concentrate on the job at hand, one does need to take time to witness the beauty and wisdom outside.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Teresa – I’ve moved my desk around so many times over the last few years, so I wonder if that says more about my level of distraction than anything. 🙂

      I never like to be too far from a window, especially with the heat of a Brisbane summer already threatening … that breeze keeps my alive! 😉

  4. Camila Faria

    I find essencial to have a view while working. I used to work facing a wall and it was a little depressing. Now I have a window in front of me (but the view is not as adorable as yours).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – A pleasant view is so important, even if we just give our eyes a little break from the screen every once in a while. My day job view looks out across the river, but I think my little view at home is rather lovely too. xx

  5. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    Hi Tracey, what lovely pics, and a gorgeous view. And, thank goodness for Spring finally showing her face (although she still goes back into hiding most of the time down here!). I’m glad your big decisions turned out well, as did mine! I’m now at a job far more suited to me (but glad I tried the other), which I’ll do until the end of the year at least before I go back to teaching (probably). I’m having fun and trying another cap on for size (web design and market research). Life can be interesting that’s for sure! You sound like you have renewed inspiration from more than just your view. 🙂 Finding the gratitude about the things we take for granted (like a lovely flower) is such a good way of feeling good though isn’t it, I forget to do it too often.
    Linda. xox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – I am rather partial to a pretty native flower, so it’s nice to have those bright red bottlebrushes to look out on to from my desk. I’m so glad to hear that you’ve found a job that’s a better fit for you, and it does sounds like an interesting mix of work. Sometimes I think we have to try things out just to see what we make of them, and what we find out about ourselves … life is most definitely interesting, and rather surprising with its twists and turns. 🙂

      I’m often rushing about here and there, worrying about something or other, that I also forget to appreciate the little things in the here and now … it’s something I’m hoping to get better at taking note of. xx

  6. Selma

    I love this so much because it’s something I think about and do a lot. What I see outside my window never fails to inspire me. Thank you for reminding me of this!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Selma – Well it’s always nice to hear of other window gazers, and surely you are one of the very best observers of life around you? I love how so many of your blog posts are inspired by or drawn from the encounters and sights you experience beyond your front door. 🙂

  7. woolf

    yeah, baby!
    {and thus i commented twice. why, yes!}

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi (again) Woolf – Oh yeah … now I’m all about the columns! 😉
      … and I’m always very happy to see you here time and time again. xx

  8. shinelittlelight

    Hi Tracey,
    ohhh I know what you mean about focusing on the negative when there is so much beauty in the bigger picture – really feeling that now with our house being rebuilt! How is your writing path going? I’m so pleased you are embracing your new goal – you are a beautiful and eloquent writer.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sophie – I’m really trying to work harder at appreciating all the good around me, and not getting caught up in all the things that need doing / should be fixed. Though of course, with your gorgeous house now on the mend, you’d know exactly what I mean. 🙂

      My writing is continuing on as I try to find a different balance between it and the demands of the day job … though it’s nice to know that I have a clear path ahead of me, I just have to stick with it. Thanks so much for your kind words about my writing, you wrote those just as I needed to hear them. xx

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