A Philosophical Outlook on Life

Summer 2003 CSANews Issue 47  |  Posted date : Apr 20, 2007.Back to list

Hi folks!

She is 92 years old, petite, well poised and proud. She is fully dressed each morning by eight o?clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and her makeup perfectly applied, in spite of the fact that she is legally blind.

She moved into a nursing home. Her husband of 70 years had recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home she was told that her room was ready. She smiled sweetly at the nurse and manoeuvred her way toward the elevator. The nurse provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet curtains that had been hung at the 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" the nurse said.

"That does not have anything to do with it," she gently replied. "Happiness is something you decide ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not does not depend upon how the furniture is arranged. It is how I arranged my mind. I have already decided to love it.

"It is 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 work. Each day is a gift and, as my eyes open, I will focus on the new day and all the happy memories I have stored away?for just this time in my life."

Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you have already put in.

I believe that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I believe that you can keep going long after you can't.

I believe that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I believe that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I believe that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I believe that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

I believe that maturity has more to do with the types of experiences you?ve had and what you?ve learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays you have celebrated.

I believe that no matter how badly your heart is broken, the world doesn?t stop for your grief.

I believe that just because two people argue, it doesn?t mean that they don?t love each other. And just because they don?t argue, it doesn?t mean that they do.

I believe that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

I believe that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people you don?t even know.

I believe that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way.

Yesterday is a history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift - that?s why we call it present.

God Bless!