good story

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  1. kalpana

    kalpana Junior IL'ite

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    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 detail, the

    man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine

    the picturesque scene.

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

    Although the other man couldn't hear the band - he could see it.

    In his 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 thewall.

    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, 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's why it is called the present."
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  2. Arunarc

    Arunarc Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Good stories with beautiful moral behind it.
    The old man always thought postive till the end of his life.
  3. shashiv

    shashiv Gold IL'ite

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    very touching story with good message....


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