Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I wanna be like this!

I was doing laundry today in my Grammie's laundry room when I saw this pink slip of paper stuck to the wall .. so I read it. I just had to share it with you.


She is a 92 years old, petite, well poised, and proud. She is fully dressed each morning at eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coifed, and her makeup perfectly applied, in spite of the fact that 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 levator, I provided a visual desciption of her tiny room, including the eyelet curtains that had been hung on her window.

"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 forget.

"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 difficlty 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. Age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you have already put in." ~ Author Unknown

What is your attitude today?


  1. This is one of the most touching, wise little stories I've seen. This is truly something worth printing and remembering throughout life, during good and bad times. I'd love to have this kind of attitude all the time, even though I truly search for and do find joy in all things, this is a topper-attitude!!!!!!!!

    Lana C.

  2. You are a sweet gal!!! Thanks for Sharing...wanted to make sure you knew that you are appreciated.

    Lana C.

  3. Thank you ladies for your comments - it means so much to know that you are reading! And I appreciate you both very much too! Together we can help each other remember to be joyful in every situation!