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The window. Thursday October 30, 2014

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.

One was allowed to sit up in his bed each afternoon to help drain 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.

They talked for hours. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service.

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 other man began to live, for those short periods, where his world would be broadened and enlivened by 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. Lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and the city skyline was seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described this in exquisite detail, the other man would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene. One afternoon the man by the window described a passing parade.

Although the other man couldn't hear the band - he could see it, in his mind's eye. Days and weeks passed.

One morning, the nurse arrived 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 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 him comfortable, she left.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the wonderful world outside.

Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it for himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man later asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things. 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.

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

How accepting of today's gift are you?

Who can you help today?

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Anonymous Thu, Oct 30th 2014 @ 5:40am

Thank you so much for youe wonderful words, they made me weep.
Life is a present, lets unpack it!

Anonymous Thu, Oct 30th 2014 @ 6:08am

Oh, Les, that's beautiful! And well worth remembering in times of trouble etc thank you so very much for sharing it with us.

Hopeful One Thu, Oct 30th 2014 @ 7:03am

Thank you Les for telling us this tale of triumph of hope over adversity. In another version of this tale the patient who passes away was blind in both eyes which makes it even more powerful don't you think?

Anonymous Thu, Oct 30th 2014 @ 7:38am

Thank you for sharing that Les, I've never heard that tale before, it was wonderfully uplifting. When you're in the fog it can be so hard to connect with others but this beautifully illustrates just how important and healing that connection can be. A lovely post and a great start to the day. Thank you, Amy x

Bunnykins Thu, Oct 30th 2014 @ 8:10am

Thank you Les for a lovely, inspiring story! :)

Anonymous Thu, Oct 30th 2014 @ 8:26am

Beautiful, I really love this story.

Les Thu, Oct 30th 2014 @ 9:15am

Hi Hopeful one

Thank you for taking the time to comment.......

I alter the story to take the blindness it would not then be 'real' to me...... it would be obvious to the other man that his friend could not see, as others continually helped him (eat, go to toilet, pick up anything) and thus the story of his 'seeing' the world outside, would not 'stack up'. ....?!

Anonymous Thu, Oct 30th 2014 @ 9:27am

Good one. Let's all do same and think of others. Gillx

Julia Thu, Oct 30th 2014 @ 11:16am

I hadn't heard this story either. What a lovely man and what imagination. Yes it's good to help others by knowing what helps them. Thank you Les

Anonymous Thu, Oct 30th 2014 @ 12:39pm

Amazing story also brought tears to my eyes. Before she sadly died last year, I used to ring my mother-in-law daily, with accounts of what I had seen during my walks with our dog. She loved to hear even the smallest details and I miss telling her.
Thank you, Les. K :)

Anonymous Thu, Oct 30th 2014 @ 1:06pm

Thank you Les for the uplifting story. It reminded me that in our own time of trouble we can still help others and that the imagination is so powerful.

Anonymous Thu, Oct 30th 2014 @ 4:18pm

Yes a powerful story Les.....and it reminded me of not only the need to help others, but all we take for granted in our daily lives......I try not to, but I know I am guilty for doing so....DaveB

Hopeful One Thu, Oct 30th 2014 @ 7:50pm

I take your point.

Sally Fri, Oct 31st 2014 @ 9:03am

That's a brilliant story to keep and read on a rainy day. Thank you Les. Am I right in thinking you are Les with the lawn? If so you've made such progress and I'm very pleased for you.

Anonymous Sat, Nov 1st 2014 @ 11:14pm

I don't like being lied even 'if for my own good'' so struggle with this story although can understand the underlying message of hope, support, friendship and giving to others.

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