• Exploring American History

Attitude is Everything!

American history is composed, not only of events that have transpired, but also the individuals who have added their part to the collective manuscript. The lady in this story may or may not be fictional, but the lesson she offers to all of us is one we should definitely make part of our contribution to our country's history:


The 92-year-old petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coiffed 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 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."


Old age is like a bank account - you withdraw from what you've put in. Please strongly consider making an effort to deposit a lot of happiness in your bank account of memories each day of your life.


Remember these 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.



No one can go back and make a brand new start.


Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.




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