It’s true. In a world obsessed with productivity staring out the window seems like the last thing we should ever do (or be caught doing). Except, it can be a real exercise in discovering the contents of our own minds.
I have always gravitated toward windows. I desire opportunities to just look out of them. Partly I want good lighting in the areas that I work.
This is why I have positioned my standing desk right next to the window which allows me, at will, to turn away from my computer screen and just stare:
I can even take a relaxing sit when my legs get tired.
The cars that constantly pass and the people walking down the hill are curious and entertaining.
Sometimes they will stare back and you can have a little game of it, spying on the folks as they go about their day.
Plato understood that we need periods of calm — staring out of the window offers such an opportunity. The potential of daydreaming isn’t recognized by society’s obsessed with productivity but some of our greatest insights come when we stop trying to be purposeful and instead respect the creative potential of reverie.
Window daydreaming is a strategic rebellion against the excessive demands of the immediate, but ultimately insignificant, pressures in favor of the diffuse but very serious search for the insights of our deeper selves.
Originally published at John Saddington.