37 Seconds



37 Seconds

Do you have 37 seconds?


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.


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.


 

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 is why it is called
…………..The Present.’

Author ~ Unknown

 

My personal Message:-

Today (Friday 13th May 2011) is a day I will be remembering for the rest of my life.. It is a day (Friday 13th) that many people consider to be a very unlucky day..  Others consider it extremely LUCKY!

Today 4 Planets aligned themselves
The truly remarkable event – when Jupiter lined up with Venus, Mercury and Mars in the pre-dawn sky – which was visible in Australia’s eastern sky today.

The alignment of the four planets, which happens only once every 50 to 100 years.

The other reason I will remember it is that this is the day I found out that I have Bowel Cancer. This day is not to be considered a sad day for me but a day that I know that God has given me a reminder of how life is …..

‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present.’.

I am thankful that this cancer has been found very early..

I am thankful
that the cancer does not appear to be anywhere else..

I am thankful
that the position of the Tumor is operable and with skilled surgeons I should be 100% able to live a good life..

I am thankful
that I have had the foresight to have the appropriate Insurances in place so that my family and myself will be looked after…

It is amazing I have not had any symptons.. I am 100% well in myself … I simply went to my local Doctor who ordered simple tests to check my health.. One was checking Bowel movements.. Something that I found gross at the time but……

I am THANKFUL for the test.

I would urge anybody over the age of 50 to make sure that you have regular tests..

They are REALLY WORTH IT!

I am THANKFUL, I am THANKFUL, I am THANKFUL   RICH :0)

Post Script 06/03/2013 I am now totally clear of Cancer Praise GOD! Back at work and now back to my Social Media activities…. Richard :0)

Ps Still going strong today 07/04/2017

 


Quote:

“God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  ~ John 3:16 

 

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