Do we have to wait for problems to be solved to be happy? Problems will always be there. Happiness is a choice that we all need to make to live a great life
How to be happy?
A lady who was over 90 years old. But had a great flair towards dressing up well, applying makeup, and arranging her hair in beautiful patterns.
She and her husband had been married to each other for 70 years. After the departure of her beloved partner, having no children and no one in the family to care for her.
She decided to move to a nursing home. Even in the day when she vacated her home for good, she dressed up elegantly and looked gorgeous.
After arriving at the nursing home, she had to wait patiently in the lobby for hours before her room was ready.
When an attendant helped her make her way to the room, she gave the lady a visual description of the tiny space that she was meant to occupy.
“I love it” the lady expressed with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old who had just been presented with a new puppy.
Mrs. Jones, “you haven’t even seen the room yet, just wait.” the attendant remarked.
Well, “my joy has nothing to do with the room” the lady replied. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it depends on how I arrange my mind.
Happiness is something you can decide on a time. And I’ve already decided to love my room, to love the people around me, to love my life.
It is a decision that I make every morning when I wake up. You know what, “the greatest asset we all have is the power to choose how we feel.”
The lady continued speaking, as the attendant listened attentively with her mouth wide open.
“I can spend my entire day in bed thinking of the pain I’m in, focusing on those parts of my body that no longer work or I can get out of bed and be thankful for those parts that do work.
Each day is a gift and as long as my eyes can still open, I will continue to focus on today and all the happy memories that have stored in my mind, just for this time in my life.”
The attendant was astounded by the positive attitude of the elderly lady, whose life from an external point of view, is only full of problems and hopelessness.
“Problems” happen automatically; “Happiness” is a choice we all have to make. Only “Anger’ happens automatically; “Peace” is a choice we all have to make. Only “Hatred” happens automatically; “Love” is a choice we all have to make. “Being negative” happens automatically; a “Positive attitude” is a choice we all have to make. “Complaining” happens automatically; “Gratitude” is a choice we all have to make.– Gaur Gopal Das
Choose right and live well.
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