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    Aum. V.Subramanian, aum ... Curtesy: From: Ongkar Singh Date: 8/1/2008 6:53:43 PM Subject: JUST 37 SECONDS It will take just 37 seconds to read this
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      -------Original Message-------
      From: Ongkar Singh
      Date: 8/1/2008 6:53:43 PM
      Subject: JUST 37 SECONDS

      It will take just 37 seconds to read this story............

      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.

      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.

      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 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.'

      I pray you will forward it to all your friends to whom you wish
      God's blessings.

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