A lovely fellow blogger – her name is Rhapsody – recently shared a wonderful story, she came across, on her blog and she thought it could inspire us all. I think so, too. I knew the story from somewhere and her post thankfully reminded me of that awesome life wisdom.
Now let me share with you the story Rhapsody published. Her original post can be found here:
The story goes like this:
A 92 year old man decided to go to the retirement home after his wife’s death. The apartment seemed too big for him, and he wanted to have a little company for his last few days, because he was mentally still in good condition.
In the home he had to wait a long time in the hall before a young man came to him and announced that his room was now finished. He thanked and smiled at his companion while he slowly went next to him, supporting himself with his walking cane.
Before entering the elevator, the old man caught a look into one of the rooms and said, „I like it very much.“ His young companion was surprised and said that he hadn’t seen his room yet.
The old man answered carefully, „You know young man, whether I like the space or not, does not depend on the situation or the furnishings, but on my attitude, and on the way I want to see things. And I decided to be happy. I make this decision every morning when I wake up and cast my vote on the day. I can stay in bed and wrestle with the fact that my body can’t make this and that smoothly anymore – or I can get up and be grateful for everything I can do. Every day is a gift and as long as my eyes can open, I want to focus them on the new day. As long as I can open my mouth, I want to thank god for all the happy hours I was allowed to experience and may still live.“
He looked at his companion and said, „You are still young, but take the advice of an old man to heart. Deposit all happiness, all joy, all the beautiful experiences and special memories in a special account in your heart, to have and treasure, and to access when you are old. An account that will help you over the bad times whenever you need it. It is up to you how high the deposits are on your account and it doesn’t need anybody but yourself to make the deposits. I’ll tell you two more simple tricks to make your account grow quickly. Have in your heart only love, and in your thoughts only joy.
In the consciousness of owning such an account, the future loses its uncertainty, and death loses its fear.“
The young man had listened very intensively to the amazing story the old man shared with him, and thanked him with a bright glow in his eyes. Joyfully he took the arm of the old man and said, „Thank you very much, I just opened a reminder account at my own bank, and this conversation is my first deposit.“
With these words, he opened the door to show the new resident his room. With a smile, the old man looked at him and said, „I like it very much.“
Thank you, Rhapsody, for sharing the story, that was written by Albert F. Schmid and has the title „The wise old man’s story”.
This story is simply wonderful, don’t you agree my dear readers? And you know what? I think, you can start to fill your special account at any age. Just start NOW.
I wish you lots of deposits to your heart account,