Happiness

Girl drawing smiley face on to a wall

After a noticeable bounce, the elevator doors slowly opened.  Mr. Herman Thomas Jones, who was accompanied by his sixty-something daughter, shuffled out and began his slow but determined journey down the corridor toward room 215, which would become his new home. His wife of 70 years had recently passed away, making his move to the nursing home necessary. Hunkered over, Mr. Jones slowly scooted his walker atop the highly polished beige and white floor tiles, his beaming eyes darting from side to side with the enthusiasm of an eight-year old attending his first circus.  Suddenly, he turned to his daughter and, with his trademark, perpetual smile, said, “Honey, I am going to love this place”.  She replied, “Daddy, you haven’t even seen your room yet”.

“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 or the color of the paint, it is how I choose to 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 each day recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or I be thankful for the ones that still 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 have put in. So, my advice to you, Missy, would be to deposit a lot of happiness into your bank account of memories! Thank you for your part in filing 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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