Decide for Happiness

The 92-year-old, petite, well poised and proud lady, is fully dressed
each morning by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and
makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind.

Nursing home entry

Recently she moved to a nursing home.
Her husband of 70 years had 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 wait."

"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."

Old age is like a bank account

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.

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.

How to be happy

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.

Family

Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are
working for could easily replace us in a matter of days.

But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.

And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than
into our own family, an unwise investment indeed, don't you think?

So what is behind the story?

Do you know what the word FAMILY means?

FAMILY = (F)ATHER (A)ND (M)OTHER (I) (L)OVE (Y)OU

Note: I received this as e-mail from Bob Waehler on 2003-04-24,
who forwarded it to me,
with the request to share it with others.
I have made this web page of it so I can reference it.