I'm sending you a fine story to brighten your day.
Jerry is a manager of a restaurant in San Francisco. 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 always reply, "If I were any
better, I would be twins!"
Many of the waiters at his restaurant quit their jobs when he
changed jobs, so they could follow him around from restaurant to
restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his
attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad
day,Jerry was always 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!
No one can be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?".
Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, I have two
choices today. I can choose to be in a good mood or I can choose to be
in a bad mood. I always 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 always 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 always choose the
positive side of life.".
"But it's not always 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. It's your choice how you live your life."
Several years later, I heard that Jerry accidentally did something
you are never supposed to do in the restaurant business: he left the
back door of his restaurant open one morning and was robbed by three
armed men. 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 quickly and rushed to the hospital.
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. Want to 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, after they shot me, as I lay on
the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: could choose to live
or could choose to die. I chose to live.
"Weren't you scared" 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 Emergency
Room 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 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. Please operate on me as if I am alive,
Jerry lived. Thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of
his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day you have the
choice to either enjoy your life or to hate it. The only thing that is
truly yours (that no one can control or take from you) is your
attitude, so if you can take care of that, everything else in life
becomes much easier.
Now you have two choices to make:
1. You can delete this message or
2. You can forward it to someone you care about.
I hope you will choose #2. I did.
Author : Unknown
Submitted by P K Agarwal, New Delhi
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