THE WISE OLDMAN
A man of 92 years, short, very well-presented,who takes great care in his appearance, is moving into an old people’s hometoday.
His wife of 70 has recently died, and he isobliged to leave his home.
After waiting several hours in the retirementhome lobby, he gently smiles as he is told that his room is ready.
As he slowly walks to the elevator, using hiscane, I describe his small room to him, including the sheet hung at the windowwhich serves as a curtain.
- "I like it very much", he says,with the enthusiasm of an 8 year old boy who has just been given a new puppy.
-"M. Gagné, you haven’t even seen the roomyet, hang on a moment, we are almost there. "
" That has nothing to do with it ",he replies.
" Happiness is something I choose inadvance. Whether or not I like the roomdoes not depend on the furniture, or the decor – rather it depends on how Idecide to see it. "
" It is already decided in mymind that I like my room. It is adecision I take every morning when I wake up. "
" I can choose. I can spend my day in bed enumerating all thedifficulties that I have with the parts of my body that no longer work verywell, or I can get up and give thanks to heaven for those parts that are stillin working order. "
" Every day is a gift, and aslong as I can open my eyes, I will focus on the new day, and all the happymemories that I have built up during my life. "
" Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw in later life what you havedeposited along the way. "
So, my advice to you is to deposit all thehappiness you can in your bank account of memories.
Thank you for your part in filling my accountwith happy memories, which I am still continuing to fill…
Remember these simple guidelines forhappiness.
1. Free your heart from hate.
2. Free your mind from worry.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
If you would like, send this message on….it isthe way we touch each other with simple truths that spreads goodness in theworld. Who knows, a miracle may happenas a result….