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Friday, July 30, 2010

Your Bank Account

This is AWESOME ... something we should all remember.

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

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

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, 
I provided a visual description of his tiny room, 
including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on 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 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.

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.

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.

Have a nice day, 
unless you already have other plans.


Marty said...

..."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!"

I love that, thanks for sharing=)) Our old age will be much more fulfilled if we have a happy memory bank to draw from=)

A bf ff friend=)

viewfromdownhere said...

Aw, that's beautiful - I love it!

Found you through BF FF :-)

Kristi said...

What a wonderful lesson this is. I think I need to read this everyday.

Jersey Diva Mom said...

what a great story! my husband is eternally optimistic and always repeats " you bring about what you think about"-- hard to do sometimes, but having a psoitive view DOES help immeasurably!

Happy Friday (FF from BF)

Anonymous said...

Aww... such an inspiring story. It's great to be reminded to keep a positive view. I also like the idea that old age is like bank account. Hopefully we deposit more good things than crappy things.

Found you from BF FF as well. :)

gibknitty said...

a nice story. thanks for sharing this. i found you on BF.

Oh Honestly Erin said...

This was exactly the type of thing I needed to read today. So beautiful, inspiring and TRUE!

Thank you for sharing this:)

Kristen said...

Thank you for sharing such an upbeat post. If only I could remember this lesson every day.

Julie said...

Great story. Thank you for sharing it! It's true that the older you are the wiser you are. =)
(I'm 28 btw..) I found your blog from Blog Frog's follow friday and I'm your newest follower. It'd be great if you would check out my blog when you get a moment. I posted a brand new giveaway today and it's my first one so I'm very excited. I hope you can get a few entries in! I'll see you around-
Julie @ Bunches of Bargains

Cori said...

Love this!! Thanks so much for sharing it!!

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