Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Hope the new year finds everyone well and happy. Ran across a cute vignette the other day and would like to share it with you. We plan for tomorrow and reminisce yesterday and complain about our lives at the present. We're never satisfied.! Maybe this little story will put your life in perspective..I hope it can...
Two men, both seriously ill, both occupied the same hospital room. One man had a bed by the window and could sit up and look out, being confined in his room for a very long time he looked forward to being able to look out side and view the beautiful park below and all the children playing and the couples walking along enjoying themselves.
The other gentlemen in the bed without a window so loved it when his partner would
describe the goings on the activities and the beautiful landscape of the park. Actually that was
his only thing to look forward to. Day after day the gentleman by the window described the sighs and sounds to his bed ridden friend for he know how much this experience meant to him. When they see young lovers walking along it would bring back memories of their own youth. Even though the one man could not actually "see" the sights and sound that were being described to him he could "visualize" them as if he could "see" them. It brought him such joy and peace..
One morning the nurse came in to check on her patients and there she found the man by the window had passed away. She called the orderlies and they came to remove his friend and partner
from the room . The man was sad but knew that would be him in a short while. He requested the
Nurse to let him change to the window bed. She agreed and the orderly got the bed ready and helped the gentlemen to his new bed by the window. He was all smiles. when he looked out the window all he could see was a concrete wall! Dumbfounded he asked the nurse, he didn't understand ? All those beautiful stories about the park the kids playing, the young lovers. He was flabbergasted, he didn't understand. He 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! ............... There is a great moral to this story that 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 and truly be rich count all the things you have that money can't or couldn't buy. And you have many.... " Today is the GIFT " Because
that is why it is called " THE PRESENT"