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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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{ 233 comments… add one }
  • Sukanya October 18, 2011, 6:07 am

    Great inspirational story.

  • Cool Rammyl October 11, 2011, 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.

  • Balu October 8, 2011, 11:34 pm

    No words to praise

  • Vaishalijain October 5, 2011, 8:45 am

    I am deeply touched.

  • Aashima September 29, 2011, 6:29 am

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

  • Arjun September 25, 2011, 1:40 am

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

  • Given Malakalaka September 18, 2011, 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

  • Prashant Shahi September 14, 2011, 9:44 am

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

  • Deepu September 13, 2011, 1:22 am

    Nice story..

    This story turns the human who are cruel in nature

  • Elle August 30, 2011, 11:52 am

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

  • Ernesto August 22, 2011, 5:40 pm

    Amazing story… shocked me.

  • Aliya August 17, 2011, 3:27 am

    Lovely story from now onwards my favorite also

  • James August 9, 2011, 11:29 am

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

  • Ronallie August 7, 2011, 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 πŸ™‚

  • Remesh Narayanan August 5, 2011, 1:45 am

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

  • Remey William August 3, 2011, 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..

  • BUGGU July 29, 2011, 7:30 am

    Really heart touching.

  • Anurag July 25, 2011, 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.

  • HILLARY GANGMEI July 18, 2011, 5:19 am

    Very moving, I love it.

  • Jeanette July 17, 2011, 11:07 pm

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

  • R.VIJAYARAGHAVAN July 16, 2011, 9:20 am

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

  • Shweta July 1, 2011, 5:35 am

    Greatttttttttttttttt story

  • Im Awesome June 13, 2011, 7:52 pm

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

  • ROOP June 1, 2011, 2:56 am

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

  • Honart May 26, 2011, 10:55 pm


  • Chaitanya May 9, 2011, 2:34 pm

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

  • Gaurav_Luthra May 7, 2011, 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.

  • bhushan May 2, 2011, 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.

  • pallavi April 22, 2011, 4:39 am

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

  • kanika April 22, 2011, 12:21 am

    Beautiful one…keep up the good work….

  • sheena April 19, 2011, 7:29 am

    fantastic story

  • sheena April 19, 2011, 7:24 am

    it touches my heart it’s a true story

  • Shanu April 5, 2011, 4:45 am

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

  • Elmer Gomez April 3, 2011, 6:18 pm

    whoa that was so…different

  • shireen March 29, 2011, 7:02 am

    Really a Heart touching story…nice one…

  • Seshu March 16, 2011, 4:33 am

    Nice moral to learn…………..

  • asok k mandal March 12, 2011, 8:39 pm


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  • KEanna March 10, 2011, 1:41 pm

    omg πŸ™ this story touched me in many different ways.

  • love March 1, 2011, 9:01 am

    Awesome inspiring story…

  • subash February 16, 2011, 1:57 am

    Good to read

  • b .choudhury February 8, 2011, 10:30 am

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

  • Ramya February 2, 2011, 7:20 am

    Very nice. Can’t say in words.

  • Fantastic January 28, 2011, 10:16 am

    The man was a great man.

  • Fantastic January 28, 2011, 10:14 am

    Encouraging story.

  • Smitha January 4, 2011, 3:18 am

    A touching story …. Too Good

  • Jiggi January 3, 2011, 12:19 pm

    Wow! Hat’s off to you man….!!!

  • Aarti December 27, 2010, 10:03 am

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

  • Santhuramsingh December 7, 2010, 3:46 am

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

  • Ajeet December 6, 2010, 8:45 am

    Good and inspirint story.

  • Ashwanilove November 6, 2010, 6:22 am

    I love it.

  • Abirami October 8, 2010, 10:32 am

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

  • Raadhika Bala September 21, 2010, 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.

  • Imrana September 2, 2010, 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 dΓΆne by others and encourage them .

  • Laala August 17, 2010, 8:18 am

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

    <3 <3

  • Priya Mathangi August 16, 2010, 8:53 am

    Awesome….. speechless…….literally in TEARS

  • Easha August 6, 2010, 1:19 am

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

  • Vikram July 31, 2010, 3:06 am

    This is a great story of encouragement.

  • Wonderful. Rachel July 31, 2010, 1:48 am

    God bles u for such wonderful stories dat fill e heart

  • Indrajeet July 7, 2010, 12:46 pm

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

  • Priyanka July 7, 2010, 11:52 am

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

  • Priyanka July 7, 2010, 11:54 am

    Very nice

  • Vijay June 2, 2010, 10:27 am

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

  • Kavya May 5, 2010, 5:03 am

    It’s fantastic…..

    Remember – LIVE FOR OTHERS!!!!!!!

  • Myovela Julius April 22, 2010, 9:54 am

    Enjoyed a lot and the story is very fantastc.

  • Anonymas April 8, 2010, 9:06 am

    A very sentimental, heart toching story……

  • Hiren April 6, 2010, 8:45 am

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

  • Anjana Jayaraman April 5, 2010, 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!

  • Clara Allanby March 21, 2010, 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!

  • Dr vipin kumar December 29, 2009, 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.

  • Vinay Natekar November 11, 2009, 2:41 pm

    Good heart touching story.

  • Ken October 17, 2009, 6:17 pm

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

  • Kavita Malhotra October 6, 2009, 8:33 am

    This story reinforces my faith in living for others…

  • Eyza September 27, 2009, 4:20 am

    Fantastic story!!! It gives me more inspiration.

  • Bibek September 18, 2009, 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…..

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