Happiness Is An Attitude

The 92-Year-Old
Well-Poised And Proud Lady
Who Is Fully Dressed Each Morning By Eight O'Clock
With Her Hair Fashionably Coifed
Her 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"
"Whether I Like My Room Or Not Doesn't Depend On How The Furniture Is Arranged"
"It's How I Arrange My Mind"

"I've 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 I Can 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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