Change Your Thinking
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"
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