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Friday, November 13, 2009

Bank Account

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 combed and shavedperfectly, 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 smiledsweetly when told his room was ready. 
As he maneuvered his walker to the elev ator, 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. 
                                                                                    Author unknown 


Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Words of wisdom, as they should be from a man in his 90s! Thank you for sharing.

Ratty said...

Excellent advice. Getting rid of worries is the hard part. Positive thoughts are the best remedy.

RNSANE said...

This is an excellent philosophy! Sometimes, it might be a bit difficult to maintain but one well worth trying to accomplish!

Tes said...

Wonderful thoughts, Windie. We are what we write. I am honored to be your friend. You are "optimism" personified. You always look at the bright side. You always have nice things to say and wonderful thoughts to share.

Happy weekend, girl! *hugs*

Cynthia said...

Very true. :)