The Beauty of a Positive Indiana Senior Mindset
written by Tim Philpot:
As you reflect on your dreams, hopes, wishes and desires for the New Year, I hope you will consider the wisdom of this delightful piece. Enjoy.
“The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised mother-in-law of my best friend, though legally blind, is always fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coiffed and makeup perfectly applied. Today she was moved to a nursing home because her care-giver husband of 70 years recently passed away.
Maurine Jones is the most lovely, gracious, dignified woman that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told that her room was ready.
As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a description of her tiny room, with 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.
“But you haven’t even seen it yet”, I said. “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how it looks … it’s how I arrange my mind.”
“I already decided to love it. Every morning 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.”
I'm Rita Woll and as an Indianapolis Senior Move manager, one who helps Indiana adult children move their elderly parents into a new stage of their lives, I loved this story. This beautiful woman has the perfect mindset: one that's focused on an understanding that although things are changing, they are being altered exactly they way in which they were meant to be.