Change Your Thinking

..Looking out the hospital window
..Looking out the hospital window
..the park
..the park
..the lake
..the lake
..the ducks
..the ducks
..Lovers
..Lovers
..the Parade
..the Parade
..beautiful flowers
..beautiful flowers
..the country with mountains
..the country with mountains
..sunrise at the bay
..sunrise at the bay

And I quote " today is a gift, that's why it is called the present"..which leads me to what good is there in the thought "Change Your Thinking"? Well to me it is always good to be open minded...fair and always "do unto other's as you would have them do unto you"..and I found a story I would like to share...because it touched me deeply and says it all...So I am repeating the story...I don't know who wrote it though...possibly you have even read this before...

it is called...... HOSPITAL WINDOW...

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same room in a hospital. 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 involvment in the military service,where they had been on vacations. 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 these 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 pond. 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 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.

Days and weeks passed. One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for thier 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 the 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.

I actually saw a similar thing at the Home my mom is living. This sweet, well dressed gentleman always sat beside a lady who was blind...He would tell her where her food was on her plate..12 o'clock is the meat, 3 o'clock is the potatoes, 6 o'clock is the vegies and 9 o'clock is the bread... they always were together, until a few days ago..when he passed away...She seems to be doing well but I am sure she misses him a bunch. However, I did notice that the food servers are now telling her the same things...:O)

So one never knows for sure when their words are helping...just Change Your Thinking to always be kind to other's...:o) Hugs G-Ma

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rockinjoe 7 years ago from Standing right behind you!

What a great, great, story. Thanks for the kick in the behind. Some of us needed it:)


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Well I am not so sure about that my dear...but is a sweet story and with my mom I see a lot...Life is just so short...Thanks for commenting to quickly...You are a dear...G-Ma :o) hugs & Peace


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dayzeebee 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

That story always warms my heart. Adding your own story to it fills my spirit. Isn't it beautiful to simply love? Witnessing love, observing love, feeling love, giving love, living love and being love makes us truly rich in life. And you do it so well. Thanks G-ma. Hugs:)


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Well Thank you dayzeebee..I had never heard it before but shall not forget it. and yes I see many things where my mom is, just wish I was a writer...There are so many sweet , loving things people do and don't think twice about it... Like you...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

This is a very inspiring story, like mos of your hubs are! Yes, sometimes total strangers could do the kindest things! Life is indeed full of wonderful and humbling experiences. thanks for spreading thoughts of kindness :D


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

A wake up call, life is full of these little suprise packages that remind you of your faith. Thanks G-Ma.


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ParadigmShift... 7 years ago from San Jose, CA

Beautiful story. We should take time to count our blessings and not spend so much time focusing on the negatives. For that we have the Media.


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

That was SUCH a wonderful story! It gave me goosebumps, in a very sweet kind of way, thanks for sharing!!


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Just_Rodney...yes that is so true my friend...Nice to hear from you..all ok there? G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Cris A... Thank you sweetie...and if only we can see it when it happens...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Paradigm...you are new to me...glad to meet you and you said it...the media does enuf to put a frown on any face...Thanks for commenting...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Life is very short indeed. Thanks for sharing this story that can help us see how we should appreciate life when we have it, during the moments we let slip away.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Elena...Thank you dear for your kind comment...and nice to meet you...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

SweetiePie...yes I liked this story and as I said I see things like this with my mom..This story just hit home for me...We grow old too fast...but what a ride !!!Thanks for the comment...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Hi G-Ma! Very touching indeed. We can make a difference in someones life by our own actions of compassion and love in many ways. You have touched us all and I want to thank you my dear. Best wishes for your Mom. Thanx


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jimmurdoch 7 years ago from Switzerland

Thanks G-Ma, as ever an inspiration. Our words ro one another are so powerful, they greater good than we think.

Blessings,

Jim


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Laila Rajaratnam 7 years ago from India

Wonderful touching story..and your add ons were beautiful..shows the goodness inside you G-Ma!Thanks for everything!:)


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

C.C.Riter..you are so right and glad to know you feel touched by me? Was very nice of you to say that...Thanks for your support and comments...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

jimmurdoch, yes that is so true as well we can hurt someone easily with just a few words in the wrong tone...this was very inspiring to me and glad you liked it and nice to know you...I did go join your fan club and welcome..need to go catch on on you now...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Laila...Hi sweetie and such nice words to me.. and glad you appreciate the add -ons...once again thanks for your comments always...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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PenmanZee 7 years ago

A great twist to the story. I didn't see it coming. Tells me no matter what I don't have, or my disabilities, I have enough in me to encourage someone else. And what lovely pictures you chose to go with it! Thanks as always G'Ma. Hugs 'n love.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

PenmanZee...yes isn't that the trueth though...I was also very surprised when I first read this...a wonderful story...and thank you dearest for commenting...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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Bruce Elkin 7 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

Nice one, G-Ma. Love the postive outlook. And well written.


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Melissa Burch 7 years ago from Cambridge, MA

No matter how many times I hear this story, I get wrapped up in the telling. We need daily reminders to appreciate the colors of life, listen to the inspiration of others and appreciate our friends.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Thanks G-Ma for sharing this story from the Hospital Window. I had not heard it before and will not soon forget! How very touching. You share Love so well! Hugs :)


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Bruce...Thank you sweetie for such a nice comment...makes me feel good...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Melissa...Yes we sure do and thought this brought it home...well to me anyway , it did...Thanks for commenting...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Dotti !..Again I am thanking you always for your support and nice comments... reminders like this one really help me set my thoughts in line and try to head in the positive directions...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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Just_Rodney 7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

I am all OK this side thanks G-Ma.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

good!!!!G-Ma Hugs


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soyelude 7 years ago from Lagos - Nigeria

Life sure is short G-ma...very short. You add colour to it while it lasts.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Awww...aren't you sweet...and Thank you my Angel for the comment...G-Ma Hugs & Peace


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muley84 7 years ago from Miami,FL

What an up lifting, positive story. I feel better, just having read it. thank you


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

you mean your hangover is better now?? LOL  :O)  Good...Thank you dear for the comment and I am glad it made you feel better...it was a touching story to me too...sleep well  G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

This story is my all time favorite. It taught me how we can respond to a challenging situation in a better way. Thanks too for sharing your own story G-Ma. Do you know that touched me very much. If we can learn to be kind to each other, we can really make the world a better place to live in. Thank you so much. :-)


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Oh Yes ripplemaker it can and does...This was the first time I ever heard this story and was easy to apply to my mom and where she lives...I see things like this every day there....Thanks for your comment sweetie...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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Benjimester 7 years ago from San Diego, California

Wow. That story was awesome. Stories like that just make you want to strive to be better. Thanks for sharing.


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Lgali 7 years ago

thanks for sharing. nice hub


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

Hi G-Ma

That's a sweet story, and a timely reminder that it's good to use our words to comfort, encourage or inspire. Words are a very powerful tool, and we should always use them wisely. Thanks for posting this and thumbs up.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

tHANK yOU SWEETIE and I do appreciate you commenting and I agree words are a powerful thing...they can hurt and they can bring happiness...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

lgali...and thank you for commenting my dear... G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Benji...yes it was a great story...and it is always a challenge for me with mom...Making her happy that is...she is a sweetie but can also be a rascal at times...I really appreciate you commenting...thank you my dear...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


newcapo 7 years ago

G-Ma J ---> This is a wonderful story- you are so good to your Mom. So many families drop off their parent and hardly come to visit or acknowledge them. She's lucky. I have shared this story with some 'non'-hubbers ;-)


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Thanks so much for the wonderful story and the sentiments - you really do have so much love shining out of you G-Ma - hugs :)


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Newcapo...wow thank you dear for all the nice words and well I try with my mom she is really very sweet. There are many stories I could tell :o).and hope your friends enjoy the story, I thought it was very touching...G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

shalini...Thank you too for such nice words to me and if you see love shining from me then you too must shine with Love, Have a nice day dear...G-Ma :o) hugs & Peace


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

I haven't heard this story in years! thank you for the reminder.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

RGraf...thanks hun for the comment...this was the first time I ever heard it...where ever have I been ? LOL G-Ma :o) hugs & Peace


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

Thumbs Up G-Ma!


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Thank you dear...and how are you doing? Seems I haven't seen much of you lately? G-Ma :o) Hugs & Peace


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

G-Ma,

Very busy with trying to get my new Art Studio in order and, trying to stay in line with the content of your hub here. Thanks for the inquiry.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Awwww been missing you...will be so happy when all is back togethr for you..i know it has been so HARD my dear and my prayers everyday for you...G-ma :o) Hugs & peace


ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

This is what makes us human G-ma. It's not what we own, how successful and wealthy we are or what material possessions we have. Neither is it the greed and lack of compassion shown by a minority that think only of their own self interest.

This is simply love and love is something shared by the members of a family. That's what humanity is, a family. There are those among us who want our family to be broken and scattered in conflict and discord. Love is too strong for that to last forever.

I have dreamed and longed all my life to see the day when those who wish ill upon the world would finally be gone and our family would be united, living in Peace, wisely sharing the gifts of Earth fairly and willingly.


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

CWB...You have said it all my dear and is so true...Thank you so much for commenting...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace


ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

You're very welcome and back at ya.

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