Choose Your Attitude

ATTITUDE… 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 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. 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 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 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, and 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. So now it’s up to you – which do you choose?
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.

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2 thoughts on “Choose Your Attitude

  1. Dearest Doris, you are soooooo right. We need to have an attitude of gratitude! We need to look at each day as a gift and make the best of it – worry only causes stress, gray hair, ulcers and wasted time.

    Love you,
    Briggitte

  2. Dear Briggitte,
    If we all could learn to do just that this world would be such a better place to live. A positive attitude is a wonderful thing to have 24/7. Requires a lot of retraining of the brain and praying for strength to get to that place. Guess I have a long road ahead of me.
    Love,
    Doris

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