Motivational Story of the Week
Attitude is everything
She is 92 years old, petite, well poised, and proud. She is fully dressed
each morning by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coifed, and her
makeup perfectly applied, in spite of the fact she is legally blind.
Today she has moved to a nursing home. Her husband of 70 years recently
passed away, making this move necessary.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home,
where I am employed, 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 curtains that had been hung on her
"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," I said. Then she spoke these words that I will never
"That does not have anything to do with it," she gently replied. "Happiness
is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not,
does not depend on how the furniture is arranged. It is how I 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 the day
in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no
longer work, or I can get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do
work. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I will focus on the
new day and all of the happy memories I have stored away...just for this
time in my life. Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you
have already put in."
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