37 seconds to change your perspective

3 years, 7 months ago

I stumbled across this. Awesome story. Enjoy.

37 Seconds To Read: May Change Your View For A Lifetime
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 roommate 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 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.. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color 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 details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.
Although the other man could not hear the band – he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days, weeks and months 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 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 sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides 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:
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 the things you have that money can’t buy.
‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present .’

September 4, 2011 at 4:01 am

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Profile photo of Em Em (@emily) 3 years, 7 months ago ago
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Profile photo of Em Em (@emily) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

my apologies.. this was taken with my basic cell phone.. if you lean back, and squint really hard, it’s not so painful to look at.

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Profile photo of Bobby Bobby (@bobbylloydxd) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

thats pretty cool, is that your forearm? what language is it?

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Profile photo of Em Em (@emily) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

It IS my forearm! I wasn’t sure if you’d know that, bc it’s stretched, & poor quality & poor lighting :)
It’s in English actually, if you can bear to look at it for that long.. it’s just a fancy arabic font :)

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Profile photo of Bobby Bobby (@bobbylloydxd) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

I can definitely see it now. this is not the best photo in any way shape or form but that the ink seems pretty sick. I’m such a procrastinator I keep thinking of all of these awesome things that I want to get, but the only tattoo I have is a grenade on my butt that I discovered in the shower after a drunken night in my freshman year of college.

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Profile photo of Em Em (@emily) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

Haha that’s hilarious :) I imagine the tattoo artist had fun with that one :)

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Profile photo of Haakon Haakon (@hawcon) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

Lovely story! <3

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Profile photo of Renee Renee C (@themorning) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

Great story–once one begins to push happiness outward, the benefits are tenfold. You feel a sense of fulfillment and worth. The other person feels lightened and happy and therefore puts their own positive energy out into the world and hopefully shares it in some way as well, and so on. It causes ripples that spread further than one could imagine.

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Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 3 years, 7 months ago ago

The man was blind, so he made up what he himself wanted to see. This is great wisdom, when you don’t know for sure you should always assume the best. ALWAYS ASSUME THE BEST.

I think many people miss that message, it’s as important as the message of sharing happiness. You can’t share what you don’t have. Outward is the direction of everything real.

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