- POSITIVE THINKING
- Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good
mood and always had
- 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 unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed
him around from
- restaurant to restaurant. The reasons the waiters followed Jerry was
because of his attitude.
- He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day,
Jerry 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 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 an choose to be the victim or I can choose to learn from it. I
choose to learn from it. Everytime
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 a bad mood.
The bottom line:
- It's your choice how you live your life." I reflected on what
Jerry said. Soon thereafter,
I left the restaurant industry to start my own business.
- We lost touch, but 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 the 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
trauma center. 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 I
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 that 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, 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.
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