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Arrange your mind to have a better day

15 Sep 2011   Shanti Gowans
Arrange your mind to have a better day (yoga story)
 
A 92 year old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each  morning by eight o’clock, cleanly shaved and with his hair fashionably combed, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home. His wife of 70 years had 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 manoeuvered his walker to the lift, he was provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet curtains that had been hung over 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.”
 
“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 have 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. 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 these five simple principles for your happiness:
 
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less. 

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