Make the world a better place – Author unknown

(Another of my old favourites- its worth sharing)

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 room mate all the things he could see outside the window. The  man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods when 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 in 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 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 men 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 from the room.

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

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on 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.”

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This was an article I read in a magazine years ago but I dont remember the writer now. Whoever it was, he did know one thing – 

“There is tremendous happiness in making others happy despite our own situations” 

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Excellent story. Reminds us of the second summary of all the commandments!
    This story has appeared in some pictorial slide show forwarded through the net. Reproduced in your own words, it still makes one shed a few drops.

    Reply

    • ayoo not my words… it was copied from some book into my diary which i wrote here…
      And yes the commandment ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ … isn’t it?

      Reply

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