Last week I had the pleasure of being in the company of an elderly lady whom I can't help but admire.
Her soul mate, her life-long partner, her husband died about two years ago. Immediately thereafter she started having some serious health problems. (An incoincidental happening, in my mind.) She went through a rough period. Withdrawing. And curtailing the full life she had always enjoyed.
Long story short, there ensued a less than pleasant period in her life for her to work through.
It was evident during our recent visit that her strong spirit has rallied and her delightful personality has reappeared. Her beautiful snow-white hair was coiffed, her facial make-up was very attractive, her elegant red cardigan sweater matched her skillfully applied bright red lipstick. She was sharp as the proverbial tack and a cheery addition to the gathering. Her zest for life was back.
During our conversation she said, "Every morning when I wake up, I sit on the edge of the bed and ask myself if I would rather be happy or sad today. Do you know," she said, "that's a choice I have every day. And I choose to be happy."
Bless you, K! In making the choice you do, you broadcast joy and happiness into so many other lives.
Lesson learned: Keep wearin' that bright red lipstick!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone. I have a feeling 2010 is going to be a good one!
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