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I just wanted to share this with everyone because it moved me to the point of tearing up. lol I thought it was beautiful and I wanted to share it as a friend passed it along to me.


Change Your Thinking:


Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital
room.

One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each
afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.

His bed was next to the room's only window.

The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end.

They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their
jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they
had been on vacation.

Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window
could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his
roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour
periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by
all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.

Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed
their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst
flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline
could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite
details, the man on the other side of the room would close
his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a
parade passing by.

Although the other man could not hear the band - he could
see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window
portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their
baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the
window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.

She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take
the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he
could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to
make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable,
she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to
take his first look at the real world outside.

He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides
the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his
deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things
outside this window.

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not
even see the wall.

She said, 'Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.'

Epilogue:

There is tremendous happiness in making others happy,
despite our own situations.

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared,
is doubled.

If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you
have that money can't buy.


'Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present.'
#change #thinking
  • Profile picture of the author Mari_Quint
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    • Profile picture of the author HervinBalfour
      Originally Posted by Mari_Quint View Post

      This story just made my day.

      A positive mindset is really contagious. No matter how hard one's troubles is, as long as we're in the company of happy people, that in itself makes a lot of difference. It somehow uplifts our spirits despite how awful the situation is.

      You know Mari. It moved so much when I read and it was just confirmation that I am doing the right thing.

      Part of being a success in this industry is being around like-minded individuals who share the same mindset.

      If you want wealth hang out with wealthy people. If you want positivity hang out with positive people.

      I'm glad it made your day like it made mine when I received this tiny blessing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Demond Jackson
    This is the second time I heard this story. It is a wonderful story of hope and friendship. Thanks for sharing it.
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    • Profile picture of the author HervinBalfour
      Thanks you for re-reading it. It's always good to keep positive stories like these in your arsenal of uplifting reads. These are the kind of things I read when I get down and they bounce me back up!
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Chambers
    I've never heard it before, so thanks for sharing.

    I suppose another take on the story could be that reality is created by yourself. If you believe it, it exists. You could take a lot of meanings from it.

    Thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vincelog
    Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Profile picture of the author havplenty
    Originally Posted by HervinBalfour View Post

    I just wanted to share this with everyone because it moved me to the point of tearing up. lol I thought it was beautiful and I wanted to share it as a friend passed it along to me.


    Change Your Thinking:


    Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital
    room.

    One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each
    afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.

    His bed was next to the room's only window.

    The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

    The men talked for hours on end.

    They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their
    jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they
    had been on vacation.

    Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window
    could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his
    roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

    The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour
    periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by
    all the activity and color of the world outside.

    The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.

    Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed
    their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst
    flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline
    could be seen in the distance.

    As the man by the window described all this in exquisite
    details, the man on the other side of the room would close
    his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

    One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a
    parade passing by.

    Although the other man could not hear the band - he could
    see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window
    portrayed it with descriptive words.

    Days, weeks and months passed.

    One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their
    baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the
    window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.

    She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take
    the body away.

    As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he
    could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to
    make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable,
    she left him alone.

    Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to
    take his first look at the real world outside.

    He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides
    the bed.

    It faced a blank wall.

    The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his
    deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things
    outside this window.

    The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not
    even see the wall.

    She said, 'Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.'

    Epilogue:

    There is tremendous happiness in making others happy,
    despite our own situations.

    Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared,
    is doubled.

    If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you
    have that money can't buy.


    'Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present.'
    Thank you for such an inspirational and uplifting post. This is truly a heartwarming story. I think I'll copy and paste to my family and friends.

    Thanks again
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      Originally Posted by anapest View Post

      I'm going to put that on my Facebook page if that's okay. That was...so cool.
      Do what you want with it friend. It was meant to be shared by all. I can read it a thousand times and everytime I read it I feel it in my heart.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jessica Lynn
    A beautiful story indeed.

    I can be exhausted and snappy, then read a story like this and my mood changes instantly.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author Letitia
    I accept the unspoken challenge "What one thing have I done today to encourage someone else?"
    Pass it on!
    Thank you!
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  • Profile picture of the author anonymous123567
    That was really cool,

    I think that's what most of us are missing, most certainly including myself; the importance of supporting others.

    Have a great new years all.
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  • Profile picture of the author adrianasalmon
    Wow! quite profound. goes to show Reality is on the Inside. Thanks for sharing such a uplifting Story.
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  • Profile picture of the author Amber_Writes
    And again, I'm deeply moved. That was very uplifting to say the least. It brought a smile to my face.
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  • Profile picture of the author bigcashking
    Start thinking of the kind of life you would love to lives. It is said that "as a man thinketh, so is he !" Change Your Thoughts and it will Change Your Life !
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