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 window in the room. The other had to spend all his time flat on his back. The man talked for hours on end on different topics like their wives and families, their homes, their jobs and their involvement in the military service. Every afternoon the man near the window would describe the scenes and sounds of the world outside.
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 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. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
One morning, the nurse arrived bringing water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window.
As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to window. The nurse was happy to make the switch. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up to take his first look at the world outside. If faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate to describe such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded that the man was blind. She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to make you happy”
Thoughts for reflection:
The riches person in the world is one who knows how to make each moment
Happy for the self and others, Today is a gift, that’s why it is called the present.
By: Bridget Menezes