Attitude is Everything  

SilkenKiera 39F   
393 posts
4/10/2006 6:38 am

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Attitude is Everything

Painting ~ "Sofan"

Today I did a quick search of the word "inspirational" looking for a little something to pick up my spirits. I came across this story and decided that the attitude of this man is the attitude that I have been looking to adopt for sometime.

I hope that it provides you the same little pick-me-up as it did for me.



Attitude Is Everything

by: Brian Cavanaugh, T.O.R., A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul

Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good mood and always had 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 unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry 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 to Jerry and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?" Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, 'Jerry, 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," Jerry 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 will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live life."

I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant 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 Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Jerry 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 did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. "The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door," Jerry replied. "Then, as I lay on the floor, 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. Jerry continued, "The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room 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 Jerry.

"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 breathe and yelled, 'Bullets!' Over their laughter, I told them. 'I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead." Jerry 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.

GoddessOfTheDawn 106F
11240 posts
4/10/2006 7:10 am


best of luck to you ...

rm_PAIrishman 47M
30 posts
4/10/2006 7:28 am

'I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.

Good words for all of us to live by, operate as if we are alive not dead. We can exist or we can live, I think many people just chose to exist but there are the ones that don't exist through their lives but rather live each day.

rm_WMG2424 45
15 posts
4/10/2006 7:51 am

Wonderful ponder of my day... I just had my bad day today..but now i have to think positive that it's your choice how u live life...beautiful spirit..thanks!!!!

caressmewell 54F

4/10/2006 8:11 am

I so needed this!! Thank you

SexyRycheBabe 46F
820 posts
4/10/2006 9:16 am

This is such a great story. Thanks for taking the time to post it. I know it would've been just as easy to continue on your inspiration-search without doing it. Just know that you've now also inspired others to make different choices for their day.

rm_ohsolustful 59M
859 posts
4/11/2006 6:07 am

Thanks sweetheart, I read that one before and sent it on to my friends and kids when I received it...Attitude is everything!!!!!!!Gotta go with the half full glass theory, It really does make a difference in how life goes. I hope things are progressing for you on the home front. Best wishes to You and your Hubby

rm_Exwhorecist 50M

4/11/2006 1:55 pm

Interesting read and makes you think, indeed. Attitude can certainly make the difference in everything ( ok, other than penis size, I know.. damn! ok, yes, luckily I have a 14 inch tongue, yes yes.. don't cry for me lol )

(by the way, I was drawn here by your 'headboard into unconciousness' boinking comment on another blog lol. Too funny but sexy at the same time lol )


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