Thursday, April 3, 2014

~ Choices ~

 The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, 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 sheets 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.”
“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she 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.”
She went on to explain, “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.”
And with a smile, she said: “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


  1. I love every bit of this! It's so important to be grateful for the little things in life. What a sweet post!

  2. This made me all teary - it is the best life lesson ever. Thank you for posting it, Pat!

  3. WOW!!! Double WOW!!!! What an inspiration this lady is. Just amazing.....

    Talk about having Wisdom... She has it, for sure.

  4. What a wise woman and great advice! She is gorgeous:) We should ALL follow those 5 simple rules to be happy! Enjoy your evening dear friend, HUGS!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this wisdom with us.
    xx oo

  6. I read this recently and I think it's so true. So so true.

  7. Our elders have the best answers. What an inspiring post to read. Mrs. Jones and her advice will stay in my mind a very long time.


  8. Pat, this has to be one of the best posts I have ever read. This is one very special lady and we can all learn so much from her wise words.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us, it has truly blessed me today. I will be printing out her precious words and try to put them to use in my life. xo

  9. That is the best advice. Great story Pat, full of hope and inspiration. xoxo

  10. Wise words. I'm approaching her age very quickly...hope I can remember to think the same way.

    Thanks Pat,

  11. I have goosebumps - what a beautiful post
    ( but how on earth do you put make up on when you're legally blind? Now that's impressive ! )
    Happy wknd girlfriend!

  12. I needed to read this post today. Thanks so much for sharing.



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