Monday Perspective

The daily grind of routine and obstacles can make life a challenge at times, but when you put life into perspective, things seem manageable and wonderful.

HAPPINESS (By: Anonymous)

Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.

A 92 year old, petite, well poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.  His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of 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, a visual description to his tiny room was given, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window. “I love it,” he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.  Mr Jones, you haven’t seen the room yet; just wait. “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.”

“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 what you’ve put in.  So my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories.”


1- Free your heart from hatred

2- Free your mind from worries

3- Live simply

4- Give more

5- Expect less

Tomorrow, begin your day with a little “Happiness” perspective!


Carpe Kefi!

Kiki is a master interviewer with 25 years broadcasting on Kansas City and Chicago radio. She was a prevalent force at WMAQ & WBBM radio where she was the first female airborne news/traffic reporter in the "Windy City". Kiki’s voiceover work has garnered her Omni awards for Evian water and Coca-Cola commercials. These days Kiki enjoys energizing audiences on stage during motivational speaking engagements, and through writing. Her highly regarded “Kefi-That Life Force” column, was published previously in The Greek Star. She’s currently working on her first non-fiction book. [ View all posts ]