A 92-year-old, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each
morning by eight o’clock, with his hair combed and face shaved
perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home
His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move
After many hours of waiting patiently in the foyer of the nursing
home, he smiled pleasantly when told his room was ready.
As he manuevered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual
description of his tiny room, including the eyelet curtains 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
‘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
So, 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 malice.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
Have a nice day, unless you already have other plans.
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