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The story of the two men...worth reading
February 21, 2005
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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.
>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

> 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 detail, the
>man 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
> 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
> Days and weeks 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 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
> She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you."

> Epilogue:
> There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own

> Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is

> If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that
>money can't buy.

February 21, 2005
12:18 pm
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Wonderful!!! Awesome!!! Thank you for this lovely wise and insightful story. I will definitely paste it in my PC.



February 21, 2005
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Gardengnome...Well you did it again...Such beautiful stories that make my eyes well up with tears...Thank you once again for your wonderful insight...

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