Each Day Is a Gift
The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully
dressed each morning by eight o'clock, 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 the 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 new puppy.
"Mrs. Jones, you haven't seen the room .... just
"That doesn't have anything to do with it," she 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."
She went on to explain, "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."
And with a smile, she said, "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."