Now that's attitude! [via Mary Calhoun]

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 is 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 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

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

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

'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

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

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.'

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