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Mr. Park's Stories

The Meaning of Happiness

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It will take just 2 minutes to read this and it will change your perspective.

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.

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.

They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, where they had been on vacation, etc.

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 hospital window.

The man in the other bed began to live for that one hour each day where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.

Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their toy 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 detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the 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.

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.

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.

Later, the man asked the nurse how this could be...

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not ever see the wall.

She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to make you feel better."

There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own personal problems.

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.
  • Power of Positivity
 

 
전체 3

  • 2016-09-04 07:51

    행복은 마음먹기에 달린것인데 왜 이렇게 힘들다고 느끼면서 살아가고 있었는지 다시 한번 생각하게 하는 좋은 글이였습니다.

    그나저나 중학교 영포자인 제가.... 진짜 abcd... 밖에 모르던 제가 사전 한번 안보고 단어 모르는거 나와도 자연스레 유추하며 읽어나갈수 있게 된 저 자신에게 놀랐네요.

    감사합니다. 박기범 선생님. ^^


  • 2016-08-27 12:46

    좋은글 정말 감사합니다.


  • 2017-05-08 12:07

    나두 이글을 술술 잘 읽고 고맙습니다. 하는 날을 기약 하면서 발도장 꾸욱 ~~~


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