The wallThis story came to mind when I was in the hospital with a view of the roof and a brick wall outside my window.
Two men occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. 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 the activity and color of the world outside. He would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.
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. 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 and painfully, he strained to turn and look out the window.
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, to tell him such things? The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not see the wall.
She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you".
Find happiness in making others happy, despite your own situations.
You can't live a positive life
with a negative mind.