Flashback to the time in September, I stumbled across an incredibly inspiring Instagram post by A Pretty Green Life. It was titled, ‘Negativity is a thief. It steals happiness.’ Their bottom line? We all make choices every day- choose to be positive!!’ Exactly what I needed to hear. Reading it inspired my own mantra- Life is 5% of what happens, but 95% of how you take it.
And what better way is there to encapsulate that? A way back when story found in my high school days of chain emails (yes those were a trend!) of course!
I take no credit for this amazing, quintessential breath of sunshine and perspective of life story. The author is unknown, and I will be spending my life legacy to write something that means just as much.
Read this to the end
Let it really sink in…
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 was 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 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 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.
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.’
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 hospital with rods placed in his back.
I saw him 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,’ he replied.
Then as I laid on the ground, I remembered 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.
He continued, ‘The paramedics were great.
They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But then 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 this 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 dead.’
He lived; thanks to the skills 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.’ Matthew 6:34.
After all, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.
You have two choices now 😉
1. Like this.
2. Reblog to forward to people you care about.
Cause life? Is 5% of what happens, but 95% of how you choose to take it.
You know the choice I made. 😉