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Thursday, August 20, 2009

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."

A friend kindly passed this story along to me today and I couldn't help but think about the myriad of ways we here in our SparkFamily are here for each other every day, 24/7, offering such support and strength to each other.

How often is it that one of us will "see" what another one of us can't...whether it is a positive quality within, a success that wasn't obvious, or a solution one might not have thought of...? We share with each other, offering our gifts of "sight"...!

Every day we grow healthier, stronger, serve as great role models for others in our lives and SPREAD the SPARK!

Sending this out with a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone in our SparkPeople community for making this all possible!

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    Don, I heard this story once before, and am happy you shared it on SparkPeople. It's a well-articulated version, and your personal response makes it all the more inspiring. This thought is new to me, though, and I will take it with me: "Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled." Have a lovely day, my friend!
    3198 days ago
  • MUSIC66
    That blog had a very powerful statementto say we should engerage each other as much as we can. emoticon
    3198 days ago
  • KELLI9001
    I've read this before and each time it makes a very powerful statement. Thanks for relating it to SP and being a constant positive in everyone's lives!
    3198 days ago
    Thank you- perfect blog for me.
    I needed that.
    I've read it before- but somehow it really spoke to me today... I'm a tad blue, feeling overwhelmed- so I think I'll go 'look at the parade.'
    3199 days ago
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