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Two choices - Let's practice for this to make your life more mean full!

Jerry is the manager of a restaurant. He is always in a good mood.


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




If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was always there,

telling him how to look on the positive side of the situation.


Because Jerry was a natural motivator.


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 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


And then in the morning, he was robbed by three armed men.


While Jerry trying to open the safe box,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: I could choose to live or could choose to die. I chose to live."


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 expression 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,' to bullets, I replied.


Over their laughter, I told them: “I am choosing to live.

Please 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 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.

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Thanks for sharing Jerry's story. Most POSITIVE +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
over 14 years ago


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