The Best Bank Account

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is shaved and fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, moved to a nursing home today even though he is legally blind. 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".  "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. Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from it what you've put into it. So my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories! Remember the six 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.

6. Trust in the Lord.

                     Ten Things God Won't Ask On That Day.

1.. God won't ask what kind of car you drove. He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation.

2.. God won't ask the square footage of your house. He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

3.. God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet. He'll ask how many you helped to clothe.

4.. God won't ask what your highest salary was. He'll ask how much you helped the poor.

5.. God won't ask what your job title was. He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.

6.. God won't ask how many friends you had. He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.

7.. God won't ask in what neighbourhood you lived. He'll ask if you loved your neighbours.

8.. God won't ask about the color of your skin. He'll ask about the content of your character.

9.. God won't ask how many times others have forgiven you. He'll ask how many times have you forgiven others.

10. God won't ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation. He'll lovingly take you to His mansion in heaven.

         ONE DAY AT A TIME

The most useless thing to do .........Worry

The greatest joy...............................Giving
The greatest loss...............Loss of self-respect
The most satisfying work..............Helping others

The ugliest personality trait........Selfishness

The most endangered species...........Dedicated leaders

The greatest shot in the arm.......................Encouragement

The greatest problem to overcome................Fear
The most effective sleeping pill.............Peace of mind

The most dangerous pariah............A gossiper

The most crippling failure disease.................Excuses
The most powerful force in life............Love

The two most power-filled words..........."I can"

The world's most powerful computer.........The brain
The worst thing to be without................Hope
The deadliest weapon................The tongue

The greatest asset.......................Faith
The most worthless emotion..............Self-pity
The most prized possession...............Integrity

The most beautiful attire...................A smile

The most powerful channel of communication....................Prayer

The most contagious spirit..................Enthusiasm

The most important thing in life......................GOD

                     The Green Thing

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day." The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. 

But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.


Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then. 

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad, that we didn't have the green thing back then?

 

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