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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 }
  • Car January 29, 2013, 11:31 pm

    WONDERFUL … very inspiring!

  • Ria January 14, 2013, 8:54 am

    The story is so encouraging…heartwarming story….

  • Elias January 10, 2013, 11:35 pm

    The story is worth reading.

    I really luv this one πŸ˜€

  • Johnson P John January 6, 2013, 12:52 pm

    Really inspiring one… If we want to make a difference then live for others…..

  • Amit December 24, 2012, 1:09 pm


  • Lea Mae Ede December 7, 2012, 4:54 am

    Such a sad story, but inspiring. I love it.

  • Marvin November 20, 2012, 10:50 pm

    We must all be thankful of what we have now… πŸ™‚ This kind of scenario is very inspirational. Life must go on. Even if we are not perfect… God Bless… πŸ™‚

  • Sirisha November 16, 2012, 1:45 am

    Very cute imagination…through this story we can learn the art of imagination

  • Ebin November 15, 2012, 5:52 am

    Very cute story.

  • Arokia November 14, 2012, 9:56 am

    Nice story.

  • Justine Schneck November 13, 2012, 7:44 am

    This story is super amazing πŸ™‚ I’m a 7th year BTW.

  • Anonymous November 8, 2012, 12:35 pm

    This story is awesome, I also like a comment that was posted above.

    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!

  • Omer Qayoom Shair November 3, 2012, 9:20 am

    Thanks to almighty ALLAH for giving us such a wonderful life.

  • JC-Marai Ian November 3, 2012, 4:26 am

    I’m looking for a story for me to share with my schoolmates. I really have a hard time looking for a heart-touching story until I found this. It made me cry. I realized that we live not only for ourselves but also for everybody. =)

  • Shima October 30, 2012, 3:59 pm

    It is really inspiring, learned a lot from this wonderful story.

  • Shiela October 28, 2012, 11:05 pm

    Nice story!

  • Raghu Rama Rao October 26, 2012, 5:25 am

    It is nice and encouraging.

  • Collins October 23, 2012, 11:19 pm

    Thank you for opening our mind with your touching story. Bauba from SA.

  • Sowmya October 17, 2012, 6:00 am

    Very true. We should always lead life for others then only it becomes more color and meaningful.

    Nice Story πŸ™‚

  • Lhiey October 14, 2012, 2:12 am

    To the one who wrote this, I SALUTE YOU! πŸ™‚

  • Deji September 30, 2012, 7:14 pm

    Though the blind man can’t use his physical sight; his mental sight is totally active. Nice one.

  • Wish September 30, 2012, 12:05 pm

    I thought pain and suffering is now my whole life ……but this inspiring story makes me realise and think for what I still have.

  • Ranjit September 19, 2012, 5:09 am

    The blind man can see the world without eyes but the man who have eyes can’t see the world properly.

  • DIL - INDIA September 13, 2012, 9:12 am

    The blind man brings new hope in the life of others.

  • Naveen September 7, 2012, 8:36 am

    Great story

  • Arindam September 1, 2012, 3:53 pm

    Live like a candle who melts himself but always give a bright smile… till death..

  • Ashwin August 24, 2012, 2:16 am

    It’s really a heart touching story and motivate the people who is fixed and help to others in every which way possible!!!!

  • Dilip August 15, 2012, 8:36 am

    It’s inspiring πŸ™‚

  • Sandeep Trivedi August 15, 2012, 2:58 am

    Very motivational story … actually everyone should think positively like the window man……

  • Swetha August 2, 2012, 12:57 pm

    Great story.

  • Sandeep Kumar Mallick July 22, 2012, 12:07 pm

    It’s really a very nice, motivational story that teaches how to encourage others…

  • Conceilia July 19, 2012, 1:37 am

    Just love it !!!

  • Mussy July 18, 2012, 8:53 am

    Such a wonderful story for me to represent to my classmates.

  • Sid July 17, 2012, 3:49 am

    The best of the best….

  • Jessica Doma July 16, 2012, 1:36 am

    This is such a touching story. I just hope the author left a name for recognition.

  • Akansha Jain July 13, 2012, 12:42 pm

    Really inspirational story, great one.

  • Ashish narwani July 8, 2012, 9:17 am

    A very nice story that one should read

    Really amazing

  • chloe July 6, 2012, 10:10 pm

    wonderful story

  • Chappy July 4, 2012, 11:53 pm

    Tears fall from my eyes after reading this story.. I love this and I hope there are still people like the one who is blind in the story.

  • Shakunghala July 2, 2012, 6:45 am

    Nice encouraging story

  • Keshao Dhomane July 1, 2012, 9:36 am

    Nice touching story…

  • Sukhadev June 25, 2012, 2:08 am

    Heart touching story… and very inspiring…

  • Nemer Kassim June 23, 2012, 11:24 pm

    wonderful story, it reminds me the treatment toward others.

    Thank you for the story.

  • Mr Gaurav Gadge June 19, 2012, 5:06 am

    Thank u for reminding me the meaning of life. We know many things but we keep forgetting.

  • Mahek Khwaja June 1, 2012, 2:22 am

    Even if u are not able to experience any pleasure of life, try to give it to others…nd u’ll have even more pleasing moments to live! Superb story!

  • Antra May 28, 2012, 10:11 am

    This site contains a treasure of humility which can realy change one’s vision towards life…. Hats off to the author’s imagination..!!

  • pralaya May 24, 2012, 11:55 pm

    I want be like such a blind man to spread the fragnence of happiness of joy to making live others a life which is dreamed by me…..

  • SIDDHI VAIGANKAR May 22, 2012, 6:10 am

    Giving others happiness will give you double happiness.

  • Rona May 20, 2012, 8:43 pm

    A heart touching story !

  • P.S May 17, 2012, 1:26 am

    A nice energetic story. I say it must be added in a course book.

  • Kim Solb May 2, 2012, 7:40 am

    I like it, very nice ~~~

  • Suresh M April 25, 2012, 7:29 am

    I shed tears after reading this sad story πŸ™

  • Sharath April 17, 2012, 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.

  • Naz April 3, 2012, 10:25 am

    Excellent story.

  • Y Ramdeen March 23, 2012, 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.

  • V1 March 20, 2012, 1:54 pm

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

  • Chinedu March 15, 2012, 4:40 pm

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

  • Praveen Kutty March 12, 2012, 2:02 pm

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

  • KUMAR February 24, 2012, 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.

  • Abhinavksyap February 21, 2012, 1:55 pm

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

  • Anil Kumar February 12, 2012, 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.

  • Odigie Kelvin February 6, 2012, 1:09 am

    Exhilirating and inspirational

  • Jude Martins January 30, 2012, 11:54 am

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

  • Tiffany January 24, 2012, 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.

  • Susana January 11, 2012, 12:33 am

    Heart Touching!!!!

  • Lakshmi Damalapati January 9, 2012, 6:46 am

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

  • Hina December 16, 2011, 7:32 am

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

  • Jean December 1, 2011, 8:29 am

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

  • Jaya Prakash December 1, 2011, 5:35 am

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

  • Senior Amuri November 28, 2011, 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.

  • Jacqueline Allen November 9, 2011, 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.

  • SANGAVI November 7, 2011, 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!

  • Harinder November 1, 2011, 9:04 am

    What a wonderful story.

  • Wendy Opoku October 29, 2011, 1:18 pm

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

  • TRIVENI October 21, 2011, 4:30 am

    really heart touching story……………

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