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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day and a “Borrowed” Post

Just wanted to wish all those Mothers out there a very happy day.  May your troubles be halved and your Blessings be multiplied.

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I got an email from my sister this morning and I thought it was so good I want to pass it on it it’s entirety. 

This is AWESOME ... something we should all remember. 

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed  each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and  shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home  today.

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His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.  After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. 

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual  description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

“I love it,” he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait.”

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“That doesn't have anything to do with it,” he 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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Old  age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in.  So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!

Thank  you for your part in filling my Memory Bank.  I am still depositing. 

Remember  the 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.

Have a nice day, unless you already have other plans.

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(All photos in today’s post were taken by Russ in 2008 at Shore Acres State Park in Coos Bay, Oregon.)


  1. Oh, Donna what a wonderful post today.(Your posts are always wonderful but this one is exceptionally wonderful :0) Happy Mother's Day to You

  2. Great post we should all learn to live by, but unfortunately with the fast pace of this world the younger generations are totally missing out on what is truly Important.

    From Kathy and I Happy Mothers Day to you Donna. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  3. One word..perfect!!
    Have a great Mother's Day!!!

  4. What a great post to start the day with. Thank God the world has good people like you and Russ in it. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna....

  5. Outstanding post! Thank you

  6. That was a great post and words everyone should live by. Thanks!

  7. Certainly puts life in perspective. Thank your sister for me. :)

  8. Great post. And a very happy day to you this Mother's Day.

  9. NICE pictures Russ, Great blog Donna!!!

  10. Words of wisdom on how to enjoy the good life.

  11. Thanks for sharing that post, Donna. Now, on to putting it in practice!

  12. Thank you for the wonderful, touching post. The photos added so much to the meaning.

    Hope your day is a special one!

  13. Happy Mother's Day Donna!!..hope you had a great day!

  14. I had read this awhile back when I was working and looking for something good to put in the newsletter to be uplifting for the tenants...it is wonderful and I'd lost my copy so I'm copying ur's. Thx for posting. Hope u had a very Happy Mother's Day!

  15. You've got a great blog to follow! More power to you!

  16. Wonderful and so true! Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. I sure did. Judy

  17. Loved your post! It is indeed true for me too. Often circumstances are beyond our control. The choice we are in control of is our attitude. I choose Happy today ! Thanks for sharing your story it was indeed a Happy Mothers Day !