March 31, 2017
Do you have an awesome attitude!
As the renewal of Spring and Easter is upon us this seemed appropriate.
How many of us have this AWESOME attitude? This is something we should all think about from time to time to remember what a short time we really spend on earth. It seems just a few years ago we were children.
During my growing up years, I dreamed in 20-year segments – like, when I was 20 I thought where and what will I be doing in 20 years and, my goodness, what a wonderful ride it has been and never once have I been disappointed, even with setbacks, there was always a reason for them, and never once looking back was I disappointed – always seeing and thinking – whew – so that was the reason!
And now, the rest of the story!
A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably combed 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.
Share with others to remind them of the fact that life is shorter than they think.