June 22, 2007

Attitude is Everything!

For the last couple of hours I've fiddled with creating a card and it just isn't happening tonight. So I decided to catch up on some emails instead and found this one forwarded from my sister. Maybe you've seen it before, but it's worth reading again... (Hopefully, I'll find my muse tomorrow and have something to post for you. Have a wonderful weekend! : )

Positive Attitude - A must read and do!
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 into the 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 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? 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."

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 being happy: 1. Free your heart from hatred. 2. Free your mind from worries. 3. Live simply. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less.


Beth Thomas said...

Thank-you so much for sharing this wonderful story. Much food for thought!

Melissa said...

Excellent story! This is one that needs to be read over and over!

Jami Speidel said...

Good one!

Sharon in NE said...

That is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today. Thank you!
(:) big hug

Tami Bayer said...

Oh Pam, thank you for sharing this one. I strive each day to be just like Mrs. Jones. She has immeasurable beauty and grace.