15 December 2004
This 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by 8AM, with
her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to
a nursing home today.
Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making her move necessary.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told
her room was ready.
As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room,
including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.
"I love it," she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a
"Mrs. Jones, you haven't seen the room -- just wait."
"That doesn't have anything to do with it," she replied. "Happiness is something you decide 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 monring 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 it 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.
Spread the message. Happy Holidays!