Change Your Thinking:
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital
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
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.'
There is tremendous happiness in making others happy,
despite our own situations.
Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared,
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.'