What will you choose today?

  1. Some of you may have already seen this, but I still think it is a nice reminder.

    > >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 was doing, would reply, "If I
    > >were any better, I would be twins!"
    > >
    > >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 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
    > > I always 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
    your life."
    > >
    > >I reflected on what Michael said. Soon thereafter, 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 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
    > >
    > >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. 7 Comments

  3. by   karenG
    I havent seen this before and I am glad I have seen it today- I feel like I am between a rock and a hard place!! but having read this- I choose to live my life my way!! so thank you for posting this.

  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Depends STRONGLY on the time of month as to whether I feel I can like Michael or not...lol

    thanks for sharing.
  5. by   H ynnoD

    My wife has the same thing every month,must be a women thing :chuckle
    Last edit by H ynnoD on Jul 9, '03
  6. by   nowplayingEDRN
    I have seen it before and it is a good thing to be reminded of but I do have to agree with smiling....there are a select few days a month that I choose NOT to act like Michael because it is NOT in my nature at that point and time of my life
  7. by   funnygirl_rn
    Heehee...me too!!! Know the feeling...agh!

    You are welcome Karen!
  8. by   MelRN13
    Awesome post! That is a very inspiring story, sometimes we just need to be reminded of all of the positive things in life.
  9. by   dianah
    Glad to see this again, thanks for bringing it. Really makes me think.