Master Key Week 10 – If we have wisdom, strength, courage and all harmonious conditions…

Wisdom, strength, courage and all harmonious conditions are the result of power and we have seen that all power is from within.

I want to share this story of a wonderful example of this wisdom, strength and courage:

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 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 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.” She went on to explain, “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.” And with a smile, she said:

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.

This story couldn’t have summarized this any simpler-, happiness is something you decide on ahead of time!

If we live by these 5 simple rules!

Enjoy the day!

Carol Marsocci

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6 thoughts on “Master Key Week 10 – If we have wisdom, strength, courage and all harmonious conditions…

  1. Cherry Dunn

    Wonderful and so true. We in our busy days tend to overlook the simple and don’t stop to plan ahead (very often – if at all). I really love this and hope you don’t mind if I use the five simple rules of happy on an index card. Thank you again for sharing. Have a wonderful and happy week. 🙂

  2. Sue

    Such an awesome story, and so relevant to what we’re learning. We choose moment by moment how we’re going to feel, and once we realize that, we can easily get to a much better way of thinking and feeling!

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