The Bank Account
A 92 year old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a Nursing Home today.
His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.
As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, the attendant provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window. “I LOVE IT” he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight year old being presented with a new puppy.
“Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room, just wait”
“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…. 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 are open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories that 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 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 you heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more and expect Less.
” PLEASE JUST MAKE IT HAPPEN”
Each time I find myself grappling for something meaningful to share, I open something that just arrived on my desk, and there it is. The “Bank Account” just arrived in the Masonic Tribune (Grand Lodge of Washington) my thanks go out to V.W.Bro. Dale Spurlock who contributed the paper.
Thank you GOD.