This is my very favorite holiday of the year. Being with loved ones is such a treasure to enjoy.
May you have a most memorable and joyful Thanksgiving. On occasion it is a sacrifice to be thankful, but the rewards are great.
The Story of the Little 92 Year Old Lady
I love to think on the story of the little 92 year old lady again this year. Here it is:
“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 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.”
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.”
Masters of Gratitude
Let’s you and I do the same. Let’s practice being thankful, even when we don’t feel thankful. Let’s become Masters of Gratitude.