"It's How I Arrange My Mind"

(Author Unknown)

1-9-02 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #170
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Minister Mary Huggins

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Story of the Week
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It's How I Arrange My Mind
(Author Unknown)

        The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud mother-in-law of my best friend, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coiffed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.

        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 even 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've 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. Old age is like a bank account… you withdraw from it what you've put in.”

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Heal my Sight. Help me to see the world and Others through Your Eyes.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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