Story I Know it is hard, but............

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Empower, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Empower

    Empower New Member

    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.
  2. Pansygirl

    Pansygirl New Member

    Thank you for posting that story Empower :)

    This dd has already shown me that I need to enjoy life's blessings. It's really made me think about what is important in life and for that part I'm grateful.

    Take care, Susan
  3. jasminetee

    jasminetee Member

    Happiness is a choice. I learned that from this DD.

  4. findmind

    findmind New Member

    I agree 100%! Thank you for this "empowering" story...I expected no less from you!

  5. lrning2cope

    lrning2cope New Member

    This is a wonderful story with very wise advice. I am going to put it in my journal and also make a copy for putting on my wall.

  6. erinwilburn

    erinwilburn New Member

    your post was an answer to a prayer. My hubby has been visualy impaired since 16 but just this week has lost what little sight he had. We have always known this day would come but he is having such a hard time. You helped me find one more way to help him get through this hard time.

    as my health has grown worse I have realized that I can be happy even though I am not healthy the two can be separate but it takes some thought and reminders so thank you!