There’s a fly at the window and it wants to go out.
It wants to escape, out into freedom of the open world.
The fly can see the bright light. It knows that freedom is nearby. But there’s something blocking its way.
The fly does what it knows to do – it flies towards the light. It can’t understand what is happening. What is this thing that it keeps bumping up against? Why it is not already outdoors?
The fly is not lazy. The fly knows what it wants and won’t rest until it gets it. And so, the fly tries – again and again. Until at last, exhausted, it collapses on the window sill.
For many flies, the journey ends there: in tragedy and failure. They die within inches of an open window or some other gateway to freedom.
But some flies are lucky. The hand of fortune guides them to try something different – to adopt a new approach. And when they do, they are met with success!
But what about the flies who don’t make it? Do they perish because they are lazy? Is it because they didn’t try hard enough? Isn’t it the ‘trying hard’ that ends up killing them? What could they have done differently?
We owe a great debt of gratitude to the fly at the window, for it teaches us many things:
- Working hard isn’t always enough;
- If we do what we always did, then we’ll get what we’ve always got;
- Doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results, is nothing short of insanity.
More than anything, the fly at the window teaches us that we fail, not because we don’t try hard enough, or because we’re not worthy or deserving enough. The only reason we fail is because of a gap in our knowledge and a flaw in the way we approach things – and these are things that can be so easily remedied. We have all seen that it only takes the successful fly a matter of seconds to change its approach and succeed in escaping.
And so the fly teaches us that while there is life, there is also hope and that none of us are too old to learn, or to try something new and succeed.