> This is AWESOME ... something we should all remember.
> 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
> just having 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.