WELCOME to HAPPY TO BE...This is a blog about my love of Antiques, My family, humor, as humor keeps us laughing and my every Day life...I hope you enjoy your visit...Please leave me a comment to let me know you Came by so I can visit with you Thank You !!...Hugs and Smiles, Gl♥ria

June 16, 2009

~ A BIG THANK YOU~




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.


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.




' 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.


Just wanted to share this with you...It so reminds me of blogging...We each take the time to do post about our family, friends, Deaths, Births, Recipes, Decorating, Pets, Tablescaping, our ups and our downs in life...We all take the time to care and share....We may never meet this side of Glory....And yet we tell you about our lives...And just maybe when we don't even know it we are throwing out an Life line to someone who needs it...I know many a time I have been so down with my life and I can go a Blog that just uplifts me and inspires me to try and be a better person...That will give me the kick start I need for the day...

I started Blogging because I wanted to share my Passion of Antiques with others that I thought might be interested in them...I have gained so much more with all the wonderful people I have met through blogging...I feel like all of you have thrown me a Life Saver and have pulled me ashore...For This I wish to say a BIG Thank you...I feel like I have this Big Family now that prays with me and shares my life with me...

All of you have Blessed me with so much...


May all of you take time to smell the roses today and enjoy the Present...I know I am...


Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

36 comments:

Loretta said...

Gloria what a lovely post. You lift us up with you beautiful words of encouragement you leave on our blogs. You are a sweetie and we love seeing all of your wonderful antiques and how you so beautifully display them. You have given me some wonderful decorating ideas as well as blessing me with your kind words. Thank you for sharing your life with us! Big hugs, Loretta

Donna Marie said...

Just dropping in to say hello!!!! I love your post! It is sweet.... just like you!

xoxoxoxo
Donna Marie

Rebecca said...

Dear Gloria...

This is an amazing story....what a wonderful world we would experience if we could see beyond the concrete wall in front of us.

Thank you for sharing....beautiful!

xoRebecca

Connie said...

The "thank you" goes to you, sweetpea! I understand exactly what you are saying and mean when you said those things. I feel the same way. Sadness has been our companion for most of the month of May and we are now recovering day by day. I wept this morning for our daughter but I truly felt blessed to still have Jack with me. You've made my day...
xoxo,
Connie

marty39 said...

Oh Gloria, such a perfect post. I had hear the story of the two men before, but it gives me reason to pause and think every time I hear it. I think we all need to try to brighten each others day. Life has such a way of not being too pretty sometimes, and a little smile and a lot of love sent someone's way makes even the ugly beautiful. Love ya and thanks for sharing this. Hugs, Marty

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Gloria, this is a beautiful post! Our blogging family is very important to me & I love sharing their lives through their posts. Thank you for sharing the lovely scent of roses with me today. ♥ Diane

Coloradolady said...

Gloria, what a great post. I have to be honest...when I started blogging, I had no idea what to expect....you are so right...the people we meet make a huge impact on our lives. Thanks for the wonderful post and sharing your life with us...it is amazing!

Linda said...

Gloria, that is so sweet! Thanks for sharing such wonderful thoughts and precious story. Linda

Heather said...

aww Gloria we love you too! blogging is such a blessing in disguise isn't it? great post!

Blondie's Journal said...

Gloria,

This is a post that I am so grateful I read today. The story of the two men holds such meaning. We need to find the beauty in our world today when there is such suffering going on. You put the wonder and joy of blogging in words so well. I don't think you realize you were speaking of yourself when it comes to words of encouragement and fun and your wonderful interest in what is going on in everyone's lives. And your sense of humor is priceless! Your visits to my blog always make me smile!

Thank you, sweet lady, for a wonderful post! :-)

xoxo
Jane

sue said...

Oh Gloria I am such a big cry baby! This post has got me crying, I loved it so much!! You are the sweetest and dearest and thank you for sending me some moss! I'm curious where you got the arthritis cream, I have shoulder pain too, I wonder is it because of these stupid computers?? I sure hope the rest of your week is good and pain free! You are such a blessing to me and all the girls here in blogland! Love ya sweetie! xoxox

ceekay said...

I love your post! If only all of us good see the beauty in our lives each day! You have a fun filled wonderful week too!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh Gloria -- I am speechless. Well, almost ... no, all kidding aside, this is the third time a post has made me cry today. Thank you for sharing your life and words with us; I think blogging has made a difference in many of our lives.
Cass

salmagundi said...

What a great story! Thanks for sharing. Sally

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is beautiful, Gloria!! I am so happy I found you, in the land of blog!!

Thank you, for this sweet post!

Lynn said...

I wholeheartedly agree with you! I have received much more than I have given since January when I began my stint on Planet Blog.
Thank you.

Lynn said...

I have a question. How do I get rid of the "Copy the ridiculous made up squiggly word" process?
I want to remove it from my blog and I see you have accomplished this. And I thank you for it!

imjacobsmom said...

Oh Gloria, You always come up with the best posts. I always get an up uplift when I visit you. I can't believe how fulfilling blogging can be. If you would have told me last year at this time, that I would have a blog, let alone visit other bloggers, I would have told you you were crazy. We have the nicest, friendliest, caring group of online friends in our circle. Thanks for all of your kind words. ~ Robyn

bettyl said...

That's a great post. I had gotten it in an email quite a while ago, but had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder.

Cottage Rose said...

Oh Gloria; That was such a lovely and tender story, words can not express how it touched me, I thank you for sharing it...
and as for your post, I could not have said it better,, for me I am blessed by knowing you as well as all the other friends I blog with...

have a blessed week.

Hugs;
Alaura

Our really empty nest said...

Gloria, I have heard this story before but what a great reminder! I agree blogging has been a blast so far, I love it! Thanks for sharing have a great week, Sue

Melissa Miller said...

Oh Gloria you are just the SWEETEST and most heartfelt blogger in all of blogland!

I feel the exact same way. I appreciate you everyday my friend.

Love ya girl.
Have a wonderful evening.
~Melissa :)

Chandy said...

Gloria, I hear you. And thank you for this post. Sometimes, all we really need at the end of the day is that one great "hello" to make things better.

I've been swamped lately that visiting has been limited but I'm glad that I get to some parts of the day so I can say, even to you, thank you...

Jessica said...

Love this post....I've read it before....but always a great reminder.

The genius said if you fly the plane she'll jump again...lol. :) You are an inspiration dear Gloria....I so wish I could be brave like you & my daughter.

Big hugs~ J

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Gloria, I am in tears! What a beautiful story, and what beautiful words you said to your fellow bloggers! You are such a sweetie! Love ya, laurie

Tootsie said...

now I am in tears!!! I love you mom...you have been family to me for a lot longer than blogging...and in more ways than that too. You are a very special person to me and have held me up thru some of the most difficult times of my life...and for that I thank you too! I love ya...and one of these days...I am going to put a moo moo on and show up on your doorstep with a big hug and a smile!!! (oh and a u-haul and my big purse....) Should I bring Busy?

Picket said...

Girl I need a hankie...it is alittle after 3:00am here...I just couldn't sleep...I have been troubled and praying for these last few days...I come here and I find you with your big ol heart giving out love and encouragement just as you always have....tears are falling down my face as I type...you cannot imagine the love people feel from you Gloria and you will never know how much I thank God that I have been blessed to have felt that love since the first time I ever 'met' you...you dear sweet soul are one of God's greatest lifelines....I love you so sis...thank you for this...I did so need it this day...~♥~

ksarra said...

What an inspirational post Happy. We should all be just like that, shouldn't we? Hope your day is blessed and wonder-filled, friend.

xinex said...

I have read this and it is beautiful, Gloria!...Christine

Rue said...

That was a beautiful Gloria. Thank YOU for being MY friend.

love you,
rue

Mama said...

Hi Glory this was such a beautiful post and you my friend are a very special lady and I thank YOU for your beautiful posts and heartfelt comments, (((big hugs))), Kathy.

Bo said...

Hi my sweet little Gloria...This post was excellent and your words on my dilemma ENCOURAGED me! I don't know what has become of pride in a job well done anymore...it seems to be that everybody is out for themselves & the workers have an attitude of take it or leave it...
I have fretted so much & been on the phone trying to get a resolution...
finally, I turned it over to God... He can handle it better than me. We just might take your suggestion of a TV consumer affairs show if all else fails...
Luv ya, ;-) Bo

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Sweet Gloria, my heart is full after reading this post. Thank YOU for being so sensitive and caring. You have such a big and loving heart. It is a joy to know you through blogging.

My love to you,
Barb

Chari said...

Hi Sis...

What a lovely post, Sis...and so true!!! Just wanted to say thank you...to you...for being such a dear sweet friend!!! You've made my day...so many times and when I count my blessings...you, my friend are right up there in the top of my list!!! I love you, Sis!!! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful heartwarming story with us...I needed this today! I've just been going and going!!! If it's not kids and husband, estate sales, it's trying to get everything ready to go to Texas!!! I needed to slow down a bit...I'm weary!!! I sure do appreciate you, Sweetie...and our precious friendship!!!

I love you, Sis!!!
Chari

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

You sweet angel!!! And YOU have blessed us!!
~sending you a HUGE hug and lots of love~
Mona

Madeline's Album said...

I have made many friends here on the blogs. I enjoy hearing about their days etc. I was sent an e-mail with the story you just posted. It made me so thankful that I have been blessed many times over by the good Lord. We should all be more upbeat, even when we are down, so as not to bring other people down. Have a great and blessed evening.