The Blind Man Knows…

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
November 18, 2008

A new resident arrived at our Nursing Home; a 92-year-old, petite, poised and proud man, well dressed, his hair was neatly combed and his face shaved perfectly smooth with a pleasant cologne applied. Even though he is legally blind, he decided to move to our nursing home. His wife of 65 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I verbally provided a visual description of his tiny room. As we entered, he was ecstatic and said, “I love it,” with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. “Mr. Roth, please calm down, you know you have a vision problem and cannot see the room.” “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” he 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. That’s the kind of 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.”

And then he said, “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.”

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25 comments
  1. I have seen this before and I loved it then. Thank you for posting it.

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  2. Reblogged this on Levi's Daily Thoughts and commented:
    I loved this. As I get older I want to have this type of attitude and be grateful for each new day that God allows me to serve Him.

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  3. April said:

    A wonderful reminder!! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. atimetoshare said:

    Love this!

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  5. Reblogged this on ArmsaKimbo Blog and commented:
    Wonderful lesson for all of us in this story. It’s the choice point – that moment when you can go the non-productive route or the productive one, and you have the ability to mold your own destiny. I love this post.

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  6. Reblogged this on the Arms Akimbo blog. Thank you so much for the post.

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  7. MTJames said:

    Mental attitude is first, a choice, then it becomes a habit, and finally, a way of life. Living positively is way more fun.

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  8. Sheila said:

    So encouraging! That’s a great motto for each day!!

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  9. Reblogged this on iChristian and commented:
    Wow! This is fantastic, and how i choose to see life after spending so long focusing on what i no longer have! True Joy & Happiness is in the Lord and not in your possessions or situation! I’ve never seen more clearly since i’ve been blind. 🙂

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  10. mrdodd said:

    We all need a little more of this. Well at least I do.

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  11. Noelene said:

    Hope you don’t mind but I re-blogged it! Thought it was a good reminder of how, despite our circumstances, we are free to choose our own attitudes. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Noelene said:

    Reblogged this on noelenesite and commented:
    Despite our circumstances we are free to choose our own attitudes!

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  13. Thanks for visiting my post with a like.
    It prompted me to come visit you and find uplifting joy.

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  14. Sue C. said:

    “Mr. Roth” has a great attitude. I hope I can, too when I hit the nursing home age. 🙂 great story. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Move Those Mountains! said:

    I have seen this in one of Joel Osteen’s books – the one about making everyday a Friday – it might be original to him??

    It’s a lovely story – great to read it again 🙂

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  16. I think Mr. Ross is very blessed with his positive outlook on life. To imagine what he perceives as his happiness is a wonderful way to “see” life. A side note, this is a heart warming post in a world climate of hate, fear and death. Today’s headline was the massacre in Jerusalem of four Rabbis and three Americans by Palestinians made me just sick with grief. I am not Jewish and have no boat in the race over there, but this world is degrading by the minute. People over there really need to work out the problems at some point before they eliminate all sects from the region. What a crime to the land, the history, the culture, the major religions.

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