A Story to make you think

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by danny3861, Jan 7, 2004.

  1. danny3861

    danny3861 New Member


    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

    The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men
    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. And 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 where
    his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and
    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 of
    the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, 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
    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.

    Then unexpectedly, a sinister thought entered his mind. Why should the
    other man alone experience all the pleasures of seeing everything while
    he himself never got to see anything? It didn't seem fair.

    At first thought the man felt ashamed. But as the days passed and he
    missed seeing more sights, his envy eroded into resentment and soon
    turned him sour. He began to brood and he found himself unable to
    He should be by that window - that thought, and only that thought, now
    controlled his life.

    Late one night as he lay staring at the ceiling, the man by the window
    began to cough. He was choking on the fluid in his lungs. The other man
    watched in the dimly lit room as the struggling man by the window
    for the button to call for help. Listening from across the room he
    moved, never pushed his own button which would have brought the nurse
    running in. In less than five minutes the coughing and choking stopped,
    along with that the sound of breathing. Now there was only
    silence-deathly silence.

    The following morning the day nurse arrived to bring water for their
    baths. When she found the lifeless body of the man by the window, she
    was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take it away. As
    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 world
    outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it all himself. 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. . . .

    You can interpret the story in any way you like. But one moral stands
    out: 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 of the
    things you have that money can't buy.

    -- Author Unknown
  2. PrayerWarrior316

    PrayerWarrior316 New Member

    Great Story that we can all learn something from.

    We can bring the Light of His love into the life of another person. We can show others the redeeming love and grace that fills ever heart with love, hope, happiness, and peace. What great news we can bring to the world.

    Many Blessings to you Danny, Judy <a href='http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb008' target='_blank'><img src='http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/17/17_1_22.gif' border=0></a>