Positive Attitude  

Divinitydesires 46F
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6/10/2006 12:02 pm

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Positive Attitude

I recieved this email from a coworker and I thought I would share it with all of you. The author is unknown.

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 it?"

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 him 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." Matthew 6:34.

After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

onlyfive 69M

6/10/2006 1:09 pm

This gets my "No Shit" award for today. It's a shame that so few folks have this attitude. I would have thought he was crazy (OK, he's crazy but so what?) years ago until I got the chemical imbalance in my brain straightened out. We all must know, deep inside, that his is the proper attitude and the way to live. Works for me, may it work for us all. Great post.

Georgie007777 68M
419 posts
6/10/2006 3:27 pm

Be positive is my motto - most of the time anyway LOL

Sir Georgie xxx

TheRealThing655 48F
9558 posts
6/10/2006 4:12 pm

I've seen that before- I'm a believer. It is all about attitude...and not blaming others for our own unhappiness.
Good post.

rm_chislut 42F
710 posts
6/10/2006 6:09 pm

I love the message of that story. However, I did read "Attitude, after all, is everything" as "ALTITUDE, after all, is everything" which probably made the story a bit funnier than it was supposed to be...

boydcounty 67M

6/10/2006 8:30 pm

I agree!! That is exactly how I live my life. I CHOOSE to be happy and have a positive attitude. Nothing that anyone says or does can hurt me unless I LET IT. It is all a matter of attitude.


HBowt2 59F

6/11/2006 4:00 am

hard to remember all the time...but it really does work...changes how you look at things in the long run...

MaggiesWishes 60F

6/11/2006 6:44 pm

I choose to be positive, I can't stand tummy aches.
Good post for the masses.

warm huggies 2ya Sis

JaggyRelitTabby 50M
105 posts
6/12/2006 5:13 am

Very nice post

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