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.
If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.
‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present .’
The origin of this letter is unknown, but please pass it on.
Wow. This made me really happy but also really really sad at the same time.
Most of my neighbors are getting their boats ready for spring on the river, and they’re fixing all the parts that didn’t make it through the rough winter. There’s a website called www.marineboatwarehouse.com that has made it easy. Not only do they carry boating equipment and seats, but also skis and rafts! My friend loves his wakeboard, but it was stolen in December. He ordered this Black Widow Wakeboard on the MBW website and got it in just a few days! You’re wondering where they’re located, but it doesn’t matter because they ship free to anywhere. Take a look…
I came across something that truly amazed and impressed me…and that doesn’t happen often. Common items made uncommon after being inlaid with shells, pearls, and other beautiful things! I have no idea how it’s done, but Aaron VanWhy is an expert at it! His specialty is guitars because he’s spent so many years working with them. His other custom inlays include jewelry boxes, humidors, and gun stocks. There’s a picture on his website of a signature someone had him work with, and it’s about the size of a dime! Now that I’ve seen what Aaron can do, I’m deciding what I can have my mom’s signature put on.
I got clear, pretty Italian skin from my mother. It’s a very light, ivory tone because of my English/Irish father. So I have crazy dark circles naturally! I have always had to go heavy on concealers under my eyes. I only have to use a little of this product, so it lasts forever! Circle/Delete is a concealer duo by Jane Iredale, who uses only organic ingredients in all her products. This has Vitamin K and a lot of other good stuff, which helps diminish the circles and other spots. She recommends you put it on with a brush, but I use only a tiny bit on my finger since I’m always in a rush! Blends well and looks great. I love that I only have to use a little!
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I'm a displaced Southern Belle originally from Mississippi. I'm a wife, mom of two girls, and a step-mom of two more girls! Some things I love are helping animals, finding great new recipes, doing nails with my girls, listening to music of all kinds, and reading.
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