Life's Choices ..words to live by!

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Life's Choices ..words to live by!

Postby gunman » Mon Aug 08, 2005 2:56 am

Someone sent it to me and I though it was worth posting.....Read the whole thing, its has a funny ending.....-Chris

-----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
Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34.
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Postby h2ofwlr » Mon Aug 08, 2005 7:05 am

I have a sister that loves the use the words "I can't" I say, well yes you can, but you won't--there is a difference. Her choices are always negative... :thumbsdown:

As the guy said--you have a choice of you are a victim or not.

Life is way too short, I prefer to hang with positive people. :thumbsup:
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Postby wa.duckhunter » Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:16 am

I've seen that one before. Liked it then and like it still. Sends a good message. I personally get tired of all Wo is me stories. Thanks for sharing.
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Postby kulsh » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:23 am

Great story, And a great way to live life i tryed it at work but it only lasted a 1/2 hour until the first dead head walked into my office and it was out the window.. :toofunny:
by the way i have adopted the last quote for my signature.. that was the best one i heard yet.
Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about
Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34.
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Postby Swamp Puppy » Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:46 am

good one..reminds me of another saying that goes something like this..

whether you think you can..or you think you can't. you're right.
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Postby shrpshtr » Mon Aug 08, 2005 2:45 pm

thanks for sharing gunman! we all could be more like this... :thumbsup:
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Postby Trois_beaux_canards » Mon Aug 08, 2005 4:00 pm

I like it, it reminds me of something Lance Armstrong says: "I only have good days and excellent days". That alone changes my outlook on given days. Afterall, even if something "bad" happens to you during the day, its one isolated event. I think we need to remember not to let those events spoil the rest of an otherwise excellent day. The author of that letter is dead on, it is your choice, your reaction that determines the big picture. Thanks for posting!
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Postby liv2hunt » Mon Aug 08, 2005 4:04 pm

Yep, good story. I remember my Dad telling me all the time when I was a little boy, "Its all about attitude".

Have a good attitude and it will take you further than any skills can.
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Postby AlaskaRedneK » Wed Aug 10, 2005 1:21 am


What a great story and an even better way to model your life after....

Thanks fer sharin,
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