Read this story, and let it really sink in.
Then choose how you start your day tomorrow.
Jerry is the kind of guy some people 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 is a unique manager because he had several waiters who had
followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters
followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He is a natural motivator. If an
employee is having a bad day, Jerry is 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 Jerry and
asked him, I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time.
How do you do it?"
Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, 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," Jerry 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 will 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 Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant 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 Jerry did something you are never supposed to
do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open one morning and was held
up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand,
shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked
and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local
After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from
the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.
I saw Jerry 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 did ask him what had gone through his mind as
the robbery took place. "the first thing that went through my mind was that I should
have locked the back door," Jerry replied. "Then, as I lay on the floor, 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.
Jerry 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
deadman.' 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 Jerry. "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, 'Bullets!' Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to live. Operate
on me as if I am alive, not dead'."
Jerry 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.
Forward to the people you care about - I just did :)
i got this in an email - if anyone know the author's name, please email me and i will credit that person.