Subba’s Serendipitous moments

January 14, 2007

Accumulating happiness

Filed under: Perspective — Subbaraman Iyer @ 3:23 pm

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  manoeuvred 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.”

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