Happiness is an Inside Job

This story is so inspiring that I wanted to share it with you –

A 92-year old, petite, well-poised and proud man who is fully dressed each morning by 8 o’clock, with his hair combed, freshly shaven, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.

His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary from his home of 45 years. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

butterfliesAs he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a description of his tiny room, including the butterfly curtains around 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 that 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. Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in.

“I’m still depositing.”

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woman red jacketThis is such a marvelous reminder of the choice we have each morning and throughout the day. What deposits are you making today?

 

 

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Happiness is not something readymade. It comes for your own actions.” Dalai Lama

 

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Question to Ponder: What gifts has this day given you? What gifts have you given others today?

 

 

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