A Story to help us for the rest of our lives!!


    Michael 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, would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"

    He was a natural motivator.

    If an employee was having a bad day, Michael 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 Michael and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person
    all of the time. How do you do it?"

    Michael 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. Choose the positive side of life.

    "Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested. "Yes, it is," Michael 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 Michael said. Soon thereafter, 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 Michael was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

    After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Michael was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

    I saw Michael 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," Michael 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.

    Michael 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 Michael. "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."

    "Michael 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.

    You have two choices now:

    1. Delete this.
    2. Forward it to the people you care about. You know the
    choice I made.

    Enjoy each day, each breath and mostly--each and every friend.

    Have a GREAT day!!
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  3. by   essarge
    Wonderful story. I'm going to copy this and post it in our staff lounge at work. Maybe the "negative" ones will get a hint from it!! Thanks!
  4. by   RNIAM
    That is a completely awesome story and I hope it is true. It would be nice to know that their is someone out ther with this kind of attitude!
  5. by   juji fruit
    Wonderful story. I am going through this point in my life where I am ever aware of my own attitudes and behavior and trying to change the things I do that I don't like. It really is mind over matter, but that mind can sure be a powerful thing and changing behavior is a learned, practiced art, not just as easy as 1-2-3. I have already seen some positive changes in my attitude as I have grown up, had a child, put myself through school and encountered some obstacles in life. However, there are still some things I know I need to change in order to be a better person. I hope nobody minds if I'm spilling my guts here, but I have found this to be a wonderful outlet :0). I despise that I voice my opinions about people too openly. I catch myself doing it and curse myself for it. I also tend to talk over people. Atleast I am aware of it, but I really need to stop because I know they are not right to do and this type of behavior is not professional (especially when I get back into the workforce). Well, thanks for listening and for the inspirational story! It made my day :0)

  6. by   foreverhope
    That was a great story! I am saving it to send to my friends.
    Every day we all get a chance to start anew and work towards all our goals. No matter what the obstacles are, they can be overcome as long as we don't give up!!!
    Good Luck to all of you!!
    I start the ADN program in 2 weeks!!!
  7. by   Mariannsi
    Great Story - very true and motiviating. We do have our own choices. Love it!

    Thanks for posting this thread!