Larry is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in agoodmood and always has something positive to say. When someone would askhimhow he was doing, he would reply, 'If I were any better, I would be twins!
He was a natural motivator.
If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the
employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.
Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up
andasked him, 'I don't get it!'
'You can't be a positive person all of the time.
How do you do it?'
He replied, 'Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have
twochoices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or...you can choosetobe in a bad mood.
I choose to be in a good mood.'
Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim
or...Ican choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.
Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose toaccepttheir complaining or...I can point out the positive side of life. Ichoosethe positive side of life.
'Yeah, right, it's not that easy,' I protested.
'Yes, it is,' he said. 'Life is all about choices. When youcutaway all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react tosituations. You choose how people affect your mood.
You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It'syour choice how you live your life.'
I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the TowerIndustry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought abouthim when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.
Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a seriousaccident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.
After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he wasreleased from the hospital with rods placed in his back.
I saw him about six months after the accident.
When I asked him how he was, he replied, 'If I were any better,I'd be twins...Wanna see my scars?'
I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gonethrough his mind as the accident took place.
'The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being ofmysoon-to-be born daughter,' he replied. 'Then, as I lay on the ground, Iremembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or...I could choose to die.
I chose to live.'
'Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?' I asked.
He continued, '...the paramedics were great.
They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when theywheeledme into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors andnurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read 'he's a dead man'. Iknew I needed to take action.'
'What did you do?' I asked.
'Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,'saidJohn. 'She asked if I was allergic to anything 'Yes, I replied.' The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I tookadeep breath and yelled, 'Gravity''
Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to live.Operateon me as if I am alive, not dead.'
He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also becauseofhis amazing attitude....I learned from him that every day we have thechoiceto live fully.
Attitude, after all, is everything.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worryaboutitself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.' Matthew 6:34.
After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
You have two choices now:
01. Delete this
02. Forward it to the people you care about. (May I suggest your children be part of that group?)