Soulful Voices

{November 16, 2006}   5 Rules to be Happy

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each  morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably coifed and shaved  perfectly applied, 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 dep end 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 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! . Thank you for your part in  filling 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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