The Good Things in Life........

Hiya folks

Sometimes we need a wee reminder of the good things (and people)in life. Saw this email years ago and it reappeared today-just thought I would share.

Have a happy day all-give or share something with another-just a suggestion! It could be anything! A thought, a smile, cuppa and chat-you decide!

Ellie xxx

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 colour 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 colour 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

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…

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.’


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

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.


Yes Marcus-and comes from within! We think it depends on external circumstance-but it doesnt

Have a happy (and free!) day! LOL

E x

‘Wow!’ - that does the ‘trick’. My wife is out working and my 8 year old daughter is away at school - I am ‘home alone’ but my day has turned ‘happier’ now - thanks!

Marcus. x.

your right , ironically have felt asleep again today and thought what a waste of time, but your post reminded me that if I didn’t have this condition I would be out working, yet last week I had the time to listen to a lady who was fearful because she had got herself into debt , we managed to get a plan arranged with the debt company and then we sat and talked for ten minutes at the end we where both laughing about what life can throw at you, she said thanks for my help , said no problem , because the truth is we both got something out of the meeting , and guess what it only cost time.

thats brilliant-thanks for sharing it


Thanks for that, I sometimes feel that we dwell in the misery of MS. I can’t always look into the forum, I have Progressive MS and I’m pretty well ‘goosed’ BUT when the sun shines… There is hope don’t despair take care, M

Thanks all for your replies…

Ellie xxx

Hi Ellie

I love chocolate BUT my neighbour has just brought me some carrot cake, a good day all round. I also just got my 100th post on ‘come back’ at Progressive MS, take care M

what a lovely story

thank you


That was lovely! Although i thought that the story was going to take a sinister twist whereby the man killed his roomy for the bed by the window…ok, i get it - see good in people!!

Paula xx

What a lovely inspiring story, put’s it all into prospective. Thank you.

Janet x