Are you a positive or a negative person?
We all like to think we can think positively, but often don't
achieve this. So when a friend of mine sent me this article
recently, it certainly got me thinking.
Read this - LET IT REALLY SINK IN...... THEN CHOOSE.
John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good
mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would
ask him how 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 and
asked him, 'I don't get it!'
'You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do
He replied, 'Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two
choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or...you can
choose to be 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...I
can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.
Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept
their complaining or...I can point out the positive side of life.
I choose the positive side of life.
'Yeah, right, it's not that easy,' I protested.
'Yes, it is,' he said. 'Life is all about choices. When you cut
away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you
react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood.
You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line:
It's your choice how you live your life.'
I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower
Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often
thought about h im when I made a choice about life instead of
reacting to it.
Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious
accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.
After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was
released 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 gone
through his mind as the accident took place.
'The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my
soon-to-be born daughter,' he replied. 'Then, as I lay on the
ground, I remembered 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 they wheeled
me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the
doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read
'he's a dead man'. I knew I needed to take action.'
'What did you do?' I asked.
'Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,' said
John. 'She asked if I was allergic to anything 'Yes, I replied.'
The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply.
I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Gravity''
Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to live. Operate
on me as if I am alive, not dead.'
He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of
his amazing attitude...I learned from him that every day we have
the choice to live fully.
Attitude, after all, is everything.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry
about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.'
After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.