A Story To Share

Posted on May 31st, 2013

The story I am about to share with you is from another friend.  She sent it to me, knowing I would see great wisdom for everyone in it. So now, I am “She is 92 years old, petite, well poised, and proud.  She is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coiffed, and her makeup perfectly applied, in spite of the fact she is legally blind.  Today she has moved to a nursing home.  Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making this move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, where I am employed, 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 curtains 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," I said.

Then she spoke these words that I will never forget:

"That does not have anything to do with it," she gently replied.  "Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.  Whether I like my room or not, does not depend on how the furniture is arranged.  It is how I arrange my mind.  I have already decided to love it.  It is 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 I can get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do work.  Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I will focus on the new day and all of the happy memories I have stored away...just for this time in my life.

Old age is like a bank account.  You withdraw from what you have already put in.

I believe-
that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I believe-
that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I believe-
that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I believe-
that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them. 

I believe-
that you can keep going, long after you think you can't. 

I believe-
that either you control your attitude or it controls you. 

I believe-
that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences. 

I believe-
that money is a lousy way of keeping score. 

I believe-
that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different. 

I believe-
that yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift.





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