Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Your Bank Account

This was sent to me today and it made me smile~ I feel that it is very relavant. Enjoy!

A 92-year-old, little, 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, I 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 having just been 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 20 of 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!"

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.

Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank. I am still depositing!


  1. Stacy
    You'll be a millonaire.
    Love Betty

  2. Love the Blog! It's funny because today I went to a Mandatory class called the "Halifax (the hospital I work at) Experience". It was an hour of basically the same message. They told us we wake up every morning and have the choice to be happy or sad; nice or crabby. Of course they want us to be Happy and so does everyone around us... Good Choice!!! That's why you have sooo many friends and everyone loves to be around you.

    I love the 5 simple rules, need to post it on my fridge.

    Keep up the good blogs!

    Love ya, Dawn & Denny

  3. Thanks for sharing that Sister! Love and miss you.

  4. We should all be so wise...Beautiful story, Stacy - thanks so much for sharing it.

    Much love,

  5. I found this book that I wanted to buy my little boy,Caleb and I thought you might like it too. Kids always get the best books.

  6. Cool, thanks Cindy! I will check it out!