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Change Your Thinking

Saturday, December 05, 2009

this was sent to me and thought i would share it here...............

Change Your Thinking

It will take just 37 seconds to read this and change your thinking.

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.'
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.'
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  • TWEETS9401
    Thanks you so much for sharing this story with us.....
    3692 days ago
  • no profile photo HOKU-ALOHI
    Thank you for sharing this sweet story! I appreciate the warmth and magic that your positive energy brings here to Spark People. You are a Christmas gift we get to enjoy the other three hundred sixty-four days each year.
    Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
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    Aloha ~ Maya
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    3695 days ago
    We need to take note and look at things in a positive way and stop and smell the roses along the way. emoticon
    3695 days ago
  • AUNTC321
    That was fantastic. Thanks for sharing. Chris
    3695 days ago
    When I started this journey I started looking at things so differently in a great way. I have been learning everyday and everyday has been good in some way and I feel blessed for that. Positive thoughts are true power and strength that comes from with in.
    Thank you for sharing
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    3696 days ago
  • KELPIE57
    It is a lovely way to remind us all to use our imagination positively, and not to "awfulize"
    3696 days ago
  • RENA1965
    My thoughts exactly- I could have caved when my husband died-- He was a poor no name man, but boy when I married him he gave a poor life colour and man did I meet a huge umbrella of different people.. I thank God for opening my eyes appearances are nothing- some people are huge surprises..
    I hope my husband spirit is being used other places to enrich other peoples lifes..
    Life is truelly a gift- I choose to open my eyes and make life happen now..
    3696 days ago
    It's amazing how much better it feels when we can look on the bright side of things, hard though it might be at times.
    3696 days ago
    I really like this story. It certainly does serve as a good reminder to check how we look at things: positive or negative.
    3696 days ago
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