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Subject: The Window.... > > > >>>> > > >>> A great note for all to read.
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 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 the 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."> > > >>>> > > >>> Epilogue: 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's why it is called the present."> > > >>>> > > >>> The
origin of this letter is unknown, but it brings> > > >>> good luck to
everyone who passes it on. Do not keep> > > >>> this letter. Do not send
money. Just forward it to> > > >>> your friends to whom you wish good
luck. You will> > > >>> see that something good happens to you four days
from> > > >>> today.> > > >>>> > > >>> People will forget what you
said...> > > >>>> > > >>> People will forget what you did...> > > >>>> >
> >>> But people will never forget how you made them feel... Later,email @ redacted 
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