A great story – ‘just stay’

There is just too much of politicking out there. SO today i will post instead a more spiritual one, one which was emailed to me by our reader ‘monk’, and one which i thought i have come across somewhere in the internet. Anyhow, it is a very moving story and if we can do wahtever little to help , why not?

Just Stay

A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside of an old man.

“Your son is here,” she said to the old man.

She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed.All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lightedward, holding the old man’s hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile.

He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital – the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients.

Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.

Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her.

“Who was that man?” he asked.

The nurse was startled, “He was your father,” she answered.

“No, he wasn’t,” the Marine replied. “I never saw him before in my life.”

“Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?”

“I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn’t here.

When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me, I stayed.”

I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey.

His Son was Killed in Iraq today, and I was sent to inform him. What was this

Gentleman’s Name?

The Nurse with Tears in Her Eyes Answered,

Mr. William Grey………….

The next time someone needs you … just be there. Stay.





[Bavan KS Perumal]


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. daffodils
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 13:31:43

    There is too much politicking and drama going around. It’s all so nonsensical what has happened lately.

    I think the people on the streets are sick of our leaders nitpicking on each other and going for each others throats. They should be cracking their heads to solve more pressing problems regarding the nation.

    It’s a shame that this should be their preoccupation when there are tragedies all around like the recent earthquakes happening in Chile and Haiti and also at our doorsteps.

    A friend just lost her only son a doctor to the waters and this was reported in the papers. Really sad that waters now can wash away lives like what has happened to the dragon boat team in Penang and UTAR students in Kampar.

    Talk about the human spirit and we are so proud that Dato Lee Chong Wei has lifted us out of the doldrums of sport’s mediocrity. Of course we hope that success doesnt go to his head.

    Kudos also to Dato Misbun Sidek for raising his game to a higher level. Such a beautiful partnership which is truly reflective of 1Malaysia.

    We should concentrate on things that bring us together and take our eyes off on the things that divide and separate us!


  2. Meng
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 13:50:29

    A very touching story. How many are like the marine out there in this mad world.

    Doc MCA is dying..who is hold MCA’s hand???
    Anyone crying or rejoicing???


  3. klm
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 14:14:55

    Dr. Hsu your are right. Too much bad politics make us forget about humanity.


  4. clearwater
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 15:33:11

    Yes, a moving story but all too rare in the real world. It takes a real act of kindness and humanity for a soldier used to death to give comfort to a dying stranger instead of the heartbreaking news he was sent to deliver. In the real world, acts of kindness are seldom given, much sought and most easily forgotten.


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  6. CYC
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 16:34:03

    Have some quiet time solely for yourself to reflect your true feeling whenever permissible. Listen to your heart and see the suffering of this world thru your compassionate eyes. Perhaps u will be kinder to mankind and living beings alike.

    There is no point having wholesome truth but more important to have wholesome deeds. It may be easily forgotten but never underestimate its effect. Sometimes its better to be guided by the heart rather than the mind.


  7. disgusted
    Mar 19, 2010 @ 20:56:02

    Dr, thsnks for sharing the story.

    There is a proverb which says and I am sure many people knows, but anyway….

    (Quote) “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap;
    If you want happiness fora day, go fishing (i.e. play golf, massage etc), a modern version;
    If you want happiness for a month, get married,
    If for a year, inherit a fortune,
    If for a lifetime….help somebody.” (Unquote)

    But I am not sure about getting married just to be happy for a month, I guess it’s just the honeymoon.

    Afterall, there is the 3-ring theory, the engagement ring, wedding ring and risk of the suffer-Ring.

    I really think or recommend people to read the “Pleiadian Mission” (400-page book) published by by amazon.com and author Randolph Winters.

    It really shed much light where we are from and where we are going and out SPIRITUALLY (NOT religious) and how we are all connected.

    I repeat, nothing about “religion”, to me, sorry, with due respect, is a dirty word, polluted by politicians, and self-vested power brokers and distorted by clergy community. There is a heaven and hell difference between “religion” and “spirituality.” I hope some of readers will access into this book, a wealth of information. Just open our minds and read. You don’t have to believe anything in it. And PONDER over it…..


  8. Meng
    Mar 20, 2010 @ 12:03:18

    This is a good one:

    “”Listen to your heart and see the suffering of this world thru your compassionate eyes.””
    “”There is no point having wholesome truth but more important to have wholesome deeds. “”

    Thanks CYC..wish I could think like you


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