Friday, June 16, 2006

Happiness

This is AWESOME....something we should all remember.

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed

each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably coifed and
shaved

perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home
today.

His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home,

he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual

description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been

hung on his window.

"I love it," he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old
having

just been presented with a new puppy.

"Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait."

"That doesn't have anything to do with it," he replied.

"Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my

room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it's
how I

arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. "It's a decision I make

every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in
bed

recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no
longer

work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.

Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the new
day

and all the happy memories I've stored away. Just for this time in my

life.

Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in.

So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank

account of memories! Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank.

I am still depositing." Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3. Live simply.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less.


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