Just Bliss


Posted on: July 2, 2013


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.”


8 Responses to "Happiness"

This is my lifestyle ,,,, Hurray !!!


Yes thats a simple n beautiful rule to live in this world. I wish i can apply the same everytime. U always share perals of wisdom.


Thank you Ndia. love you more


This is brilliant! I really wish I could implement all these golden advices. Life would be so happy then!


Dear Ms. Tanveer.
I agree with “Remember the five simple rules to be happy”.
1. Free your heart from hatred and 2. Free your mind from worries. This is how we manage heart. In accordance with my post: 88. MAKE YOUR PEACE at https://hilalachmar.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/88-make-your-peace/

3. Live simply. In accordance with my post: 75. Life Just Stopped By For A Drink at: https://hilalachmar.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/75-life-just-stopped-by-for-a-drink/

I agree with the “Old age is like a bank account, you withdraw from what you’ve put in.”. This is in accordance with 4. Give more.And 5. Expect less. Also accordance with my post: 87. I Got All The Best In My Life For Free. Perhaps people no longer believe, that, if we give one, we received a 700 🙂 So if we plant one, we’ll get a 700, which means 699 is free. :). This is the Law of Attraction.

The conclusion is: no matter how small, we have to buy and pay for happiness. To get happiness, initially we would buy it with distress. To get paid, we have to work a month, to have a nice house, we pay for it with: Power, mind, money and time. :).

I am happy to meet with you Ms. Tanveer. Happy New Year 2015 Hilal Achmar 🙂


Thank you hilal. you have very positive approach towards life. I agree with you. are you Muslim? just asking


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