A Is For Attitude

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, was moving to a nursing home.  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 manoeuvred his walker to the elevator, the carer 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.  ‘But Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room yet, how can you say you love it?’  ‘That doesn’t have anything to do with it’, he replied.  ‘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’.  If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

Enjoy the journey.

11 Comments

  • Chery Schmidt
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    Reply Reply May 1, 2016

    Hello Mandy!
    What an Awesome story my friend and a great way to live HUH?
    If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

    Great Share
    Thank YOU
    Chery :))

  • Kathryn Maclean
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    Reply Reply May 1, 2016

    Yes indeed!

    We all have a choice in how we look at the world. You know people who have such a pessimistic outlook. Nothing satisfies them, they revel in what is wrong with life.

    But then there are people like the man in your story whose wonderful out look draws people in because he was so positive. Looking on the bright side of life is indeed the way to live.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 1, 2016

      I so agree, Kathryn. I love this story as his attitude just shines with positivity. How wonderful to be so forward thinking too and recognise exactly how it affects him, despite his difficulties.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • David Merrill
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    Reply Reply May 2, 2016

    Now, that’s a powerful message, Mandy.

    This guy has the attitude that everyone should aspire to.

    If you don’t like it, change it.

    If you can’t change it, love it.

    Isn’t that a powerful to not only adapt to your circumstances, but to master them, and shape them to fit into your own template for happiness and fulfillment.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 2, 2016

      Hi David, thanks for visiting. I read this little story some years ago and it really resonated with me. I completely agree with you and it is indeed a very powerful message for us all.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Emi

    Reply Reply May 2, 2016

    Hi Mandy,
    What a lovely story! How true and powerful that is?
    We are the creators of our lives, of our successes and our failures.
    The power of your mind…
    Beautiful post, thank you for sharing!
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 2, 2016

      Hi Emi, thanks for visiting. I agree with you and believe that our minds are truly the most powerful part of us and we don’t use it to its full potential.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Lesly T. Federici
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    Reply Reply May 2, 2016

    Always amazes me how a change in your thinking can alter how your life is lived … wonderful story it really is not the things in life, but how you “view” your life…there’s something good in everything … wonderful story
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 2, 2016

      Hi Lesly, thanks for visiting. I was interested to see your graphic on today’s post is also about attitude! Funny how we both had the same thought!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • ikechi
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    Reply Reply May 4, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    A great reminder and an awesome story.

    How we view the world does matter. It is our attitude that makes the difference. This wonderful man reminds us of the battles we face in our lives, yet despite this challenges, it is how our mind perceives them that matter.

    Thank you for such an inspirational story. Take Care
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 6, 2016

      Hi Ikechi, thanks for visiting. Yes, our attitude is what makes us who we are and how we are perceived by the world. I think having a good attitude increases your chances of having a good life!

      Enjoy the journey!

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