Hospital window

by Stephen on September 13, 2008 · 215 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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{ 50 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.

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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.

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