lørdag 2. oktober 2010

Today is a gift, that's why it is called the present.


Improve your future self.

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. 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 involvment 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 on hour periods where his world would be broadened and elivened 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 in the window descibed all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the pictureaque scene.

One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passin by.

Although the other man couldn't hear the band - he could see it. In hes mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days and weeks 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 beside 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 tremedous 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 things you have that money cant buy.


The origin of this letter/story is unknown.

6 kommentarer:

  1. Amazing story, life gives its hardships randomly and we have to deal with them the best we can to make the most of our lives.

    SvarSlett
  2. hey, this is one of my more favorite posts from you :)

    SvarSlett
  3. Wow, truly inspiring. Nice post.

    SvarSlett