The Choice is Yours - a living from vision story

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  1. cheer

    cheer Silver IL'ite

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    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 he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be

    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

    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 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,"
    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 life."

    I reflected on what Michael said. Soon thereafter, I left the
    Company 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.


  2. vivbass

    vivbass Gold IL'ite

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  3. cheer

    cheer Silver IL'ite

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    Thanx Viji:2thumbsup:


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