Once upon a time, two patients shared a hospital room.
The first patient was admitted because he was terminally ill.
The second patient was blind and was admitted, because he
was suffering from acute depression and suicidal tendencies.
Beside the bed of the terminally ill patient was a window.
Daily, he described to the blind patient, whatever views he
saw outside the window.
The terminally ill patient described that just below the
window was a road, where people were walking. On the left
was a park, where children were playing. On the right was a
big field, filled with swaying grass, where cows and sheep
were grazing. The field also had trees with different kinds of
fragrant flowers and ripe fruits. A little further away was a
beautiful lake with swans gliding majestically on the
transparent water, wherein several colorful fishes were
swimming. Beyond the lake were mountains, which were so
high that they touched the clouds. The sun was warm, a
gentle breeze was blowing and birds were flying in the sky.
In such a vivid way, the terminally ill patient described
different views every day. The blind patient could visualize
the world, as described by the terminally ill patient, and
found the world to be very beautiful. As days passed, the
depression of the blind patient reduced and finally, he
desired to live life to its fullest.
One day, the terminally ill patient died in his sleep.
Between sobs the blind patient told the nurse, how he would
forever remember the descriptions of the views outside the
window, which his friend had described in details. The nurse
said that his friend died because he was terminally ill, but she
wondered how he could describe the views outside the
window, since he was also blind.
The blind patient was shocked to hear that his friend was
also blind. Then he realized that his friend had described
imaginary views, only to bring him out of his depression and
motivate him to live.
Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time: 100 Management Stories” by Rajen Jani