The Wise Old Man


May the wisdom inspires us to ‘age’ gracefully and hopefully – writing of Musique-L’Amour rêve (André Gagnon), translated by Penny Harvey

Wise old manA man of 92 years, short, very well-presented, who takes great care in his appearance, is moving into an old people’s home today.His wife of 70 has recently died, and he is obliged to leave his home.After waiting several hours in the retirement home lobby, he gently smiles as he is told that his room is ready.

As he slowly walks to the elevator, using his cane, I describe his small room to him, including the sheet hung at the window which serves as a curtain. “I like it very much”, he says, with the enthusiasm of an 8 year old boy who has just been given a new puppy.“M. Gagné, you haven’t even seen the room yet, hang on a moment, we are almost there. ”

” That has nothing to do with it “, he replies.

“Happiness is something I choose in advance. Whether or not I like the room does not depend on the furniture, or the decor rather it depends on how I decide to see it.”

“It is already decided in my mind that I like my room. It is a decision I take every morning when I wake up.”

“I can choose. I can spend my day in bed enumerating all the difficulties that I have with the parts of my body that no longer work very well, or I can get up and give thanks to heaven for those parts that are still in working order.”“Every day is a gift, and as long as I can open my eyes, I will focus on the new day, and all the happy memories that I have built up during my life. ”

“Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw in later life what you have deposited along the way. ”

So, my advice to you is to deposit all the happiness you can in your bank account of memories.

Thank you for your part in filling my account with happy memories, which I am still continuing to fill…

Remember these simple guidelines for happiness.

  1. Free your heart from hate.
  2. Free your mind from worry.
  3. Live simply.
  4. Give more.
  5. Expect less.

7 Responses to “The Wise Old Man”

  1. JENNIFER Says:


  2. Nelson J. de Leon Says:

    Very inspirational! I’m deeply touched!

  3. Abimael Says:

    Which is the title of that beautiful music? Who is the composer? Is it from a movie?


  4. shamlan Says:

    These wise old men are my role-models… i can only hope to be as optimistic as him at his age, with all his troubles. Im only 17 right now, though im an introvert, making me slightly more mature than most kids at my age; and everytime i look at these wise people, i am really amazed. I remember once, at the age of 14-15, meeting a man in his forties in an arcade; everytime i saw him, he had his hands back and smiled gently on every occasion… his kindness in his words and his pure laughter had a magical aura to him. I wish if i could meet that man again and follow his wisdom >_>

    saying this felt good, thanks Kwee Lain for the beauitful lesson ^^ im sure i need to hone it in time tho )

  5. Kim Harris Says:

    I have just opened my bank account for happy memories…
    Its really good for the soul.

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