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Friday, April 17, 2009

Happy Friday

It's been one of those CRAZY weeks. Here is a cute email I received that made me feel better. I am not a BIG fan of chain emails- but I think you will all appreciate the message it brings. Have a wonderful day!


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. Enjoy!


  1. I love this e-mail!!! So true we choose how we want to feel- we can either let it go or hold onto it- simple but we always make it so hard! Anywho just dropped by to say HELLO!
    Ms. Latina

  2. Wow- love this post. It really makes you think. I had a crazy week too- I am working 2 jobs now. Thanks for cheering me up.

  3. Yea- its almost Friday again. Hope you had a great week.