Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Words of Wisdom

Today I have a guest post submitted from a regular blog reader...since I didn't have anything prepared for today, thought I'd share it for others to read...

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 6 simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Forgive others.
3. Free your mind from worries.
4. Live simply.
5. Give more.
6. Expect less.


Jen said...

Who is this guest poster? Very nice message!

Chris said...

If I told you it wouldn't be anonymous. :o)

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