OT: Happiness via pre-thought
- From: never@million
- Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2007 10:44:42 -0700
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
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