Remember the story about Sam?
Hospital bound, looking out the window? His roommate,
listened, as Sam shared sites seen . . . a couple
kissing, birds feeding their young, and when it stormed
the rainbow that appeared!. Sam, an average sort of guy,
friendly and outgoing, but people didn’t know much about
him until he became ill.
Here’s the rest of the story. . . . Sam’s roommate Mike
complained at every meal. This is trash! Then he’d wait
his family’s arrival with fast food. Sam gave a prayer
of thanks when a meal arrived and savored every morsel.
He’d comment, the chef must have been thinking of me
when she made this meatloaf, “mm, delich!” Mike would
hear Sam go on about how savory his meals were and how
lucky he was to be in this hospital.
Mike wondered why it was that Sam had the window. He had
a blank wall. Why it was Sam’s food was better? Why it
was that Sam was treated nicer?
On the day Sam was released, there were joyful
farewells. Then the first matter of business for Mike
was to move to “that” window. He looked out and became
irate, screaming, what is the meaning of this? “Some one
switched my room as I slept! How could there be a brick
wall out side?! Was it all a lie?! What about the great
A nurse understood and yelled back, “Sam is blind!”
There was a deafening silence, and then as if a long
awaited gift arrived. . . Mike got it. In that brief
moment he realized that life is truly how you see it.
Right then he made the resolution to live life more like
Sam from that day forth.