This if the famous story on positive mental attitude. Once, two seriously ill men were sharing a room in a hospital. The room had one window. One of the two beds was next to the window.
The two men who had become great friends were so ill that most of the time they had to lie on their backs. Very rarely would they sit up. The man on the bed next to the window would sit up for some time after lunch. He would look out of the window and start describing to the other man what he could see outside. There was a beautiful fountain. Then there were neatly pruned trees. Under the trees there were marble benches. There was a small pond to the left of the fountain, with ducks and swans. Some people were sitting on the benches. Some were strolling on the pathway, while some were relaxing on the grass. Little children were all around the park, playing merrily.
The other man would listen to and enjoy his description. It was almost like as if he could himself see what was happening outside-how a child was eating sugar candy, how some kids threw pop-corn to the ducks and swans, how lively the scene was.
One day the man next to the window died and his body was taken away. His friend was very sad. Later that evening he asked the nurse if he could move to the bed next to the window. The nurse had him moved to the other bed. Once the nurse and the ward-boys left, the man sat up laboriously and looked out of the window. He was shocked to see that there was a drab, blank wall outside. The man who died is a personification of positive thinking. He was on his deathbed, but he did not brood. He was alive in his spirits. In a blank wall, he could see beautiful scenery. He is basically a man of hope, and he sees brightness everywhere. To him, life means truth and beauty and he is always cheerful and optimistic even in the face of death.
A positive attitude to life is what helped the triple-handicapped Helen Keller, who was blind, deaf and dumb, to become a world famous teacher of the blind and the deaf.
It was again a positive attitude that helped tiny David kill the huge, mighty Goliath. When the three-meter tall Goliath challenged the Israelites to kill him or else they would have to be his slave, everybody was terrified. Everybody thought, `Goliath is too big to hit.’ David, a small boy accepted the challenge because he thought, `Goliath is too big to miss.’ With his catapult, David, a small boy accepted the challenge because he thought, `Goliath is too big to miss.’ With his catapult, David slung a stone at Goliath’s forehead, which broke his skull and killed him.