Uplifting story about sharing.....

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  1. recoveringenabler

    recoveringenabler Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the samehospital 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
    colour 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 colour
    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 .'

    The origin of this letter is unknown.




     
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