Thursday, November 5, 2015

Choose Daily

Some folks complain that all they see on the Facebook feed is negativity ... people griping, drama everywhere and some even add to it or at times, delete their accounts!

For me, it's very different - I deal with people who choose a better way. I interact daily with friends who decide to have a positive attitude even in the face of tragedy. I support healthy marriages and communicate with those who choose the same. There is no guarantee or promise that life will always be hunky-dory however, there is assurance that good will outweigh the bad; that light will come; that when we release our will to the Father and trust in him ... we will see joy in the morning.
The below is an example of what was shared this morning ... I do not know this dear lady but her attitude is lovely and I pray mine will be similar if I face these circumstances one day. But, rest assured ... the peace she has didn't happen overnight - I believe it is the result of a purposed life.
The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets 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.” “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she 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 open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away, just for this time in my life.” She went on to explain, “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.” And with a smile, she said: “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.
(Disclaimer I did not personally write this beautiful story. I was moved by it and wanted to share.)


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