Hospital window

by Stephen on September 13, 2008 · 198 comments

in Moral stories

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 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 th! e window portrayed it with descriptive words.

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. 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 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.”

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{ 198 comments… read them below or add one }

1. Bibek — September 18, 2009 at 12:52 pm

This story is very inspiring which teaches people to live for others and the value of life….very fantastic story … I loved it and enjoyed it a lot…..

2. Eyza — September 27, 2009 at 4:20 am

Fantastic story!!! It gives me more inspiration.

3. Kavita Malhotra — October 6, 2009 at 8:33 am

This story reinforces my faith in living for others…

4. Ken — October 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm

I love this story… it’s so fantastic and makes me happy and inspired me lot…

5. Vinay Natekar — November 11, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Good heart touching story.

6. Dr vipin kumar — December 29, 2009 at 6:25 am

The story is realy an interesting one that gives us not only a moral to help others upto our limits but also suggestions how we can be helpful to others.

7. Clara Allanby — March 21, 2010 at 1:20 pm

This story brought me to tears. It may sound stupid but I guess I’d never thought about things like that before. People have such hard times in hospital and reading this shows that whether it’s real or not, through God we have hope always and a new way of looking at the world!

8. Anjana Jayaraman — April 5, 2010 at 6:56 am

This story is so touching! The twist was unexpected. This shows that doing bad for others will hit you back like a mirror reflection!

9. Hiren — April 6, 2010 at 8:45 am

Really … I am speechless…. superb story…. I love it….

10. Anonymas — April 8, 2010 at 9:06 am

A very sentimental, heart toching story……

11. Myovela Julius — April 22, 2010 at 9:54 am

Enjoyed a lot and the story is very fantastc.

12. Kavya — May 5, 2010 at 5:03 am

It’s fantastic…..

Remember – LIVE FOR OTHERS!!!!!!!

13. Vijay — June 2, 2010 at 10:27 am

its like a one of the good stories which i m come across in my life…….amazing…encourage others

14. Priyanka — July 7, 2010 at 11:54 am

Very nice

15. Priyanka — July 7, 2010 at 11:52 am

This storty gives a positive vibration through out the body, very inspiring…

16. Indrajeet — July 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Very inspiring story. Live and enjoy your life. Its precious……..

17. Wonderful. Rachel — July 31, 2010 at 1:48 am

God bles u for such wonderful stories dat fill e heart

18. Vikram — July 31, 2010 at 3:06 am

This is a great story of encouragement.

19. Easha — August 6, 2010 at 1:19 am

I think it’s a great story …… I enjoy it so much.

20. Priya Mathangi — August 16, 2010 at 8:53 am

Awesome….. speechless…….literally in TEARS

21. Laala — August 17, 2010 at 8:18 am

Wow!!! I love this story!!! Sooo nice… so inspiring!!!

<3 <3

22. Imrana — September 2, 2010 at 11:59 am

Nice story this story inspired me a lot. Hay guy try to live for others today onwards i take an oths that i will whole heartly appreciate the good thing döne by others and encourage them .

23. Raadhika Bala — September 21, 2010 at 3:37 am

Amazing story!! I loved it and I am writer basically and want to be like the blind man who could imagine such beautiful things and tell out.

24. Abirami — October 8, 2010 at 10:32 am

Good story.It is a heart touching story.i like this story

25. Ashwanilove — November 6, 2010 at 6:22 am

I love it.

26. Ajeet — December 6, 2010 at 8:45 am

Good and inspirint story.

27. Santhuramsingh — December 7, 2010 at 3:46 am

Nice story. These kind of stories are necessary for the people of these generation.

28. Aarti — December 27, 2010 at 10:03 am

Amazing and heart touching..I am speechless..I enjoyed it a lot.

29. Jiggi — January 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Wow! Hat’s off to you man….!!!

30. Smitha — January 4, 2011 at 3:18 am

A touching story …. Too Good

31. Fantastic — January 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

Encouraging story.

32. Fantastic — January 28, 2011 at 10:16 am

The man was a great man.

33. Ramya — February 2, 2011 at 7:20 am

Very nice. Can’t say in words.

34. b .choudhury — February 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

Don’t leave hopes till living or until death. Inspiration by any means to others gives a new life.

35. subash — February 16, 2011 at 1:57 am

Good to read

36. love — March 1, 2011 at 9:01 am

Awesome inspiring story…

37. KEanna — March 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm

omg :( this story touched me in many different ways.

38. AMITA — March 12, 2011 at 4:25 am


39. asok k mandal — March 12, 2011 at 8:39 pm


40. Seshu — March 16, 2011 at 4:33 am

Nice moral to learn…………..

41. shireen — March 29, 2011 at 7:02 am

Really a Heart touching story…nice one…

42. Elmer Gomez — April 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm

whoa that was so…different

43. Shanu — April 5, 2011 at 4:45 am

this story is good inspirational story, it tells us the real meaning of life is to live for others.

44. sheena — April 19, 2011 at 7:24 am

it touches my heart it’s a true story

45. sheena — April 19, 2011 at 7:29 am

fantastic story

46. kanika — April 22, 2011 at 12:21 am

Beautiful one…keep up the good work….

47. pallavi — April 22, 2011 at 4:39 am

the story is really…….. superb i love the moral of story

48. bhushan — May 2, 2011 at 8:16 am

I have no word to say! I can’t say how is the story… if I say it is nice, good, beautiful, fantastic… it is not enough to this story… unbelievable thinking unbelievable.

49. Gaurav_Luthra — May 7, 2011 at 9:12 am

What a fantastic way to teach others how we can use imagination to enjoy life in every phase of it, even in its worst phase.

50. Chaitanya — May 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

What if all people in the world behave in this same manner, things would totally be different.

51. Honart — May 26, 2011 at 10:55 pm


52. ROOP — June 1, 2011 at 2:56 am

I don’t have words to explain my feelings… Living for others… it is so good!

53. Im Awesome — June 13, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Very, very good story, but why didn’t the blind dude tell the other one he was blind…….. FREAKKY!!! :P

54. Shweta — July 1, 2011 at 5:35 am

Greatttttttttttttttt story

55. R.VIJAYARAGHAVAN — July 16, 2011 at 9:20 am

Very, very inspirational and must read and feel about the moral behind in it

56. Jeanette — July 17, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I heard this story years ago and never forgot it. I was inspired to read it again. Thank you

57. HILLARY GANGMEI — July 18, 2011 at 5:19 am

Very moving, I love it.

58. Anurag — July 25, 2011 at 9:33 am

I gave promise to my uncle’s son that I will tell him a story. Guess what? Now I can tell him this fabulous story.

59. BUGGU — July 29, 2011 at 7:30 am

Really heart touching.

60. Remey William — August 3, 2011 at 9:58 am

This story is very inspiring, build my self-confidence, and teach me to serve others in need, yet leave mark in my heart. I will share this story to others so that they’ll inspired to. TQ..

61. Remesh Narayanan — August 5, 2011 at 1:45 am

Wonderful story. What a great idea of showing inspiration. Keeps one thinking… why not live for others.

62. Ronallie — August 7, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Out of the five stories I’ve read here, I think this is the most beautiful. I appreciated it a lot .. Thanks for this :)

63. James — August 9, 2011 at 11:29 am

To exercise such a selfless act is very much needed nowadays.

64. Aliya — August 17, 2011 at 3:27 am

Lovely story from now onwards my favorite also

65. Ernesto — August 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Amazing story… shocked me.

66. Elle — August 30, 2011 at 11:52 am

mh! this story really touches my heart. can’t help myself to be emotional.

67. Deepu — September 13, 2011 at 1:22 am

Nice story..

This story turns the human who are cruel in nature

68. Prashant Shahi — September 14, 2011 at 9:44 am

It touched my soul in two ways. 1st the imagination and 2nd the craze to see life.

69. Given Malakalaka — September 18, 2011 at 9:35 am

I love it….it is really a beautiful story. Probably without the hope informed by the man next to the window the other man would not have seen more days

70. Arjun — September 25, 2011 at 1:40 am

This story is from the book “Who will cry when u die”…. Author Robin Sharma

71. Aashima — September 29, 2011 at 6:29 am

Really a heart touching story. True moral for how to live one’s life!!!

72. Vaishalijain — October 5, 2011 at 8:45 am

I am deeply touched.

73. Balu — October 8, 2011 at 11:34 pm

No words to praise

74. Cool Rammyl — October 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Cool story, I wish whole world have similar mind set. What a nice place our world’d be if everyone turns out like these guys. lol.

75. Sukanya — October 18, 2011 at 6:07 am

Great inspirational story.

76. TRIVENI — October 21, 2011 at 4:30 am

really heart touching story……………

77. Wendy Opoku — October 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Moral story and encouraging too. Want more stories like this.

78. Harinder — November 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

What a wonderful story.

79. SANGAVI — November 7, 2011 at 2:41 am

I did not plan to go to this website at first but when I opened it, it was simply fabulous. All my debate stories are from this website!

80. Jacqueline Allen — November 9, 2011 at 8:44 am

The moral of the story is that we are to think less of our own comfort and more of the comfort of others.

81. Senior Amuri — November 28, 2011 at 9:19 am

Think not of what can be done to add meaning into your life, but think of what you can do to make other’s lives more meaningful. The ailing blind man could not see, but he made the other man see meaning in life. We were created by God to live for Him and therefore for others.

82. Jaya Prakash — December 1, 2011 at 5:35 am

Awesome story… great way of showing inspiration…. live for othres.

83. Jean — December 1, 2011 at 8:29 am

Anyone know who wrote this? I really would like to get in touch of the writer!

84. Hina — December 16, 2011 at 7:32 am

One of the best and most important lesson in life I learned today after reading this beautiful story. Thank you.

85. Lakshmi Damalapati — January 9, 2012 at 6:46 am

Really good, it gives positive energy, thanks to writer and who posted it.

86. Susana — January 11, 2012 at 12:33 am

Heart Touching!!!!

87. Tiffany — January 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

This was very amazing to read, because the guy was blind the fact he could just imagine that when being blind. And the one that had to lay on his back he said to the nurse can i switch and sit by the window, and asked he the nurse wheres the park and she goes he was blind. It just touches me to that he did that to exhilarate him.

88. Jude Martins — January 30, 2012 at 11:54 am

It’s pathetic, let us learn to do good and help the people around us.

89. Odigie Kelvin — February 6, 2012 at 1:09 am

Exhilirating and inspirational

90. Anil Kumar — February 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm

In life, encouragement is very important, lending a hand to others in matter which they feel impossible is really great and sounds good of ur presence in the earth.

As the man was unhappy of his body condition where he was unable to get up, the other man although lame helped him to experience a vision of wonderful things to his last breathe of life. Nobody noticed his greatness during his presence, all was realized after.

91. Abhinavksyap — February 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I like the story so so so much..Heart touching story..God bless all persons like that..

92. KUMAR — February 24, 2012 at 12:43 am

How can I explain my feelings………… fantastic, beautiful, inspirable, all these words are not enough for this story……. thanks to the author.

93. Praveen Kutty — March 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm

One of the best stories I read till now……..

94. Chinedu — March 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Superb. It re-echos God’s greatest command- love your neighbour as yourself.

95. V1 — March 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm

It is an awesome and heart touching story. Please give some more!

96. Y Ramdeen — March 23, 2012 at 1:37 am

The guy at the window lost sight but he still had vision and most importantly he was not selfish with it, he shared his vision thus made others around him happy.

97. Naz — April 3, 2012 at 10:25 am

Excellent story.

98. Sharath — April 17, 2012 at 8:36 am

Reading the story itself makes us feel amazed. What if we are the part of such little, beautiful situations? Blessed to be a human and live human.

99. Suresh M — April 25, 2012 at 7:29 am

I shed tears after reading this sad story :-(

100. Kim Solb — May 2, 2012 at 7:40 am

I like it, very nice ~~~

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