Two gravely ill shared the same room in a hospital. One of them was allowed to sit up for an hour or so every afternoon to help drain fluids from his lungs. His bed was next to the only window of their ward. The other man has to lie flat on his back all the time as advised by their doctor. These men befriended each other. Having no other means of entertaining themselves, the man whose bed is by the window would usually relate to his roommate all the things occurs outside the window. The man in the other bed began to anticipate those lively period of the day where his world would be extended to the activities and colour of the outside world.
“I can see a park with a beautiful lake. There are ducks and swans playing on the water while children sailed their toy boats. Young lovers walked while holding hands amidst all the flowers around them. There is also a city skyline from a distance,” said the man by the window.
As he described all this sceneries in exquisite detail, his roommate would close his eyes and imagine these wonderful scene.
One afternoon, the man by the window described a passing parade and even though the other man couldn’t hear the band playing- he could vividly picture this in his mind’s eye as it was portrayed by his roommate in descriptive words.
One morning, when the nurse arrived to bring the patients’ supplies, she found the lifeless body of the man by the window. He had died in peace while sleeping. The roommate was saddened by his passing as he has been a good friend and his personal storyteller.
However, he had seen this as an opportunity to see the outside world for himself so he asked if he could be moved next to the window. His request was granted and when he was finally alone, he slowly and painfully helped himself up on one elbow to take his first look of the outside world. Finally, he would experience the pleasure of seeing it for himself. He slowly turn to look out the window beside his bed.
To his surprise and disappointment, the window faced a wall! No skyline, no rainbows and definitely no grand sceneries whatsoever could be seen.
He asked the nurse what could have motivated his former roommate to describe such wonderful things outside the window.
“Oh,” the nurse said in amazement. “He is actually blind and is unable to see even the wall facing the window. He must really wanted to cheer you up and motivate you during those long boring hours.”
If we can see through the eyes of our hearts, we will appreciate the beauty and wonders that we don’t usually see using our naked eye.