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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


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


"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.

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.

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