There was a 92-year-old, petite, well-poised man, who was fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock.
His hair was fashionably combed and he was well shaved, even though he was legally blind.
On this day he was moving to a nursing home.
His wife of 70 years had recently passed away.
This made the move to the nursing home necessary for him.
After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when he was told his room was ready. As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, his nurse provided a visual description of his tiny room.
She described to him the eyelet curtains 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 even seen your room; just wait until I show it to you."
"That doesn't have anything to do with it," he replied.
"You see, 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 have already decided that I will love it.
"It's a decision I have the ability to make every morning when I wake up.
You see, I have a choice.
I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I am having with the parts of my body that no longer work, or I can get out of bed and be thankful for the parts of my body that do work.
For you see each day is a gift from God.
Therefore, as long as my eyes are open, I'll focus on the new day and all of the happy memories I've stored away.Iíll focus on this new time in my life.
Iíve discovered old age is like a bank account.
You withdraw from it what you put into it.
The moral of this story is to deposit a lot of happiness in your bank account of memories!
You also need to thank God and Jesus everyday for allowing you to have another day to continue to make deposits into your memory bank.
There are six simple rules for you to know if you want to be happy:
1. Forgive others and free your heart from bitterness and hatred. 2. Free your mind from covetousness, fear, and worries. 3 Live simply with God and His Son, Jesus, as the head of your family. 4. Always give more than you expect to receive. 5. Remember the adversity you have in your life will allow you to see God in new ways you could never see Him before.
6. Be happy with the portion God has given you on this earth.