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Think On These Things #5

on May 29, 2012

Another belated post. And, again, that turns out to be a good thing.

A good friend forwarded an email that I have previously read and it was a timely reminder about making choices. Here is the story without the “forward to your friends” bit – although you are welcome to share my post with your friends. 🙂

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, 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 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.”
Happy memories. Choices. Perspective. These are all related and sometimes it’s good to get a reminder from a caring friend. Who knows if Mr. Jones from the story above is real. It doesn’t matter. The moral of the story is that we all have choices. And better yet, every day is a chance to start living the life of our choice. Or to keep living the life of our choice. Or to keep putting off living the life of our choice. The point being that WE get to choose. Maybe things aren’t going exactly as we want. We still get to choose the way we face each day. And we’re the only ones responsible for that choice.
I am sharing a few images with this post. The first one is one I have been hanging on to for a while. For today, I guess. It reminds me that I can choose to be however I want. And it gives me with some quick tips and suggestions of the choices I can make for the person I am when I face the world each day. It’s a good reminder since tonight I feel like sometimes I let those parts get away from me a little bit. And really, that’s a choice I make. So by posting that quoto now it reminds me that not only is everything a choice but also that choosing to be authentic is when I let the best parts of me shine. And shine is sparkle and sparkle is good. 🙂
And the next image is also about choice in that every new day provides a new chance to go ahead and make a different choice. I can truly say that I am fortunate in that when I count my blessings the list far outweighs those things that I list under “needs improvement”. And thus, knowing that every day is a chance to “adjust my course” ever so slightly gives me a great deal of solace and comfort.
And so then, that brings me to the quoto that ties in the above two pictures with the story emailed by my friend.
We can easily replace “If there is light in the soul” with “If there are happy memories in the heart”.
And with that, as I often do with my Think on These Things posts, I now reaffirm my commitment to dwell on the abundance of happy memories in my life and the times I have chosen the light. Because lately, I have let myself dwell a little too much on my “needs improvement” list rather than on my “oh-so-many-blessings-thank-my-lucky-stars” list.
And on that note, I will provide one last picture. My husband brought home these flowers “just because” – something he does semi-regularly and sometimes they are oh-so-timely and make me realize that one of my greatest blessings is to have married a partner who is intuitive, loving, caring, forgiving, spontaneous, and who epitomizes and embodies unconditional love. A fine illustration of just why my “oh-so-many-blessings-thank-my-lucky-stars” list is so long. And why “You are my sunshine…” plays in my head when I think of my husband.

4 responses to “Think On These Things #5

  1. Craig says:

    Love you babe.

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