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Friday, July 25, 2008

I had to share this e-mail I received today.

Your bank account.

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.
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  • SMP927
    Love this post - so true, it's all about the choices we make! Thanks for this great story!
    4221 days ago
  • D710DANCE
    Thanks for sharing this Sonia! :)
    4728 days ago
  • NRLB75
    Thanks. I needed this. I too believe happiness is a choice & I don't think I've remembered that lately. :)
    4737 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    I'm like that, as "in my mind" I live in a beautiful mansion, without all the WORK of having to CLEAN it! emoticon
    4738 days ago
    I try to live my life like this. Not always easy, but I try. Thanks for reminding me how precious each day is.
    4739 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this. It was a nice reminder. I've written the "rules" on my white board at work so I can remind myself more often.

    Right now I'm trying to concentrate on the "live simply". I don't have a lot of extra money right now so I've been buying just what I absolutely need. My kids and I have had to find ways to have fun that don't cost money and we've been having more fun than we did we went places(and spent money) for our fun. I also spent the weekend cleaning out my house. I feel so much better living this way.

    I'm the type that can't focus on too many things at one time but I'm going to try to add the "expect less" because I believe that will help me as well.

    Have a great week and as always....thanks for your support!
    4744 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/28/2008 9:00:02 PM
    Hi Sonia, thanks so much for the comment on my blog. And it was a GREAT week. Love your blog story today, and it is very apropos for me right now. :-)
    4745 days ago
    Awww, what a nice story! I'm going to start putting some great happy memories in my bank! Hugs, Lynn
    4745 days ago
    *sniffle* That was super sweet. Thank you for sharing. :)
    4746 days ago
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