Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Present...

     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 the scenes and sounds of the world outside.

     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 colour 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. Grand old trees graced the landscape, 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. 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.

     As soons 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. Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up to take his first look at the world outside. It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate to describe 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 make you happy."

     The richest person in the world is one who knows how to make each moment happy for the self and others. Today is a gift, that's why it is called the present.


  1. Wonderful...jyotsna you have conveyed the message of humanity so beautifully...

  2. My dear, this is another wonderful beautiful story.. Thanks for sharing and reminding a forgotten story I heard before.. As always, you awaken the love, melting the resentment in me towards negative stuffs in life..
    I am going to share this with my guy later when he returned.. *HUG* Have a wonderful weekend, yeah? :)

  3. @ Shahin & @ Krislin

    Thank you shahin n kris ! I love your visit n comment in my blog :)
    Merry Christmas to you both ! :)

  4. I love this story. It shows so much love from a person who can't even see but his mind can "see" many beautiful things. And unselfishly sharing it with a friend to keep him happy. A touching story of love, care and concern. How many of us are willing to be like this man?

  5. Loved the caring of a friend....

  6. yeah exactly...indeed a touching story !
    nice to know that you love this story.
    thank you balqis..come again :)

  7. @ Sabita : thank you sabita for your visit :)

    keep coming ! :)

  8. OMG...a surprise ending! Really beautiful!

  9. This made me cry.....thank u for the emotional story which awakens those who have every thing and still doesnt enjoy the life and keeps complaining to god about giving extra..god has already given them much by providing good health,So every one should make good use of it and try to achive what you like to.

  10. @ Shatrughans :

    Thank you so much for your touching words ! It motivates me to bring more beautiful stories.

    thank you so much for visiting and commenting
    keep visiting :)
    have a great year ahead ! :)