Attitude....something from DH's ex-wife (I love her so much!!!)

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  1. amystours

    amystours Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is the article my DH's ex-wife sent me through email...I think this has a really great moral, and I think if we all tried to apply the "message", then maybe times won't seem quite so hard....


    Attitude

    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 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 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 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 life.'

    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
    t he hospital with rods placed in his back.

    I saw him about out 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 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

    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 dead.'

    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.' Matthew 6:34.

    After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

    You have two choices now:

    01. Delete this

    02. Forward it to the people you care about.

    You know the choice I made.
     
  2. Sonia

    Sonia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love this!
     
  3. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't read this one for a very long time. I'm so glad to see it again--- It makes so much sense, and it's basically how I live now. The first time I ever read it, I wasn't a very positive person at all. It's amazing how much a positive attitude changes your life. I've never been happier in my life each and every day, and most of that happiness is attitude [​IMG]
     
  4. amystours

    amystours Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I guess we do decide how we live. I've never seen that before, and it just made so much sense!! Can be hard and trying at times, but why stress over things? Makes life so much harder!
     
  5. I wasn't feeling good when I got up, but since I usually hit BYC with my morning coffee, this really made may day THANKS marrie
     
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  6. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had never read this before. It does make a strong statement. I wish more people would live in a more positive way! [​IMG]
     
  7. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2008
    Colorado
    I have been living this way for almost 7 years now - it completely changed my life. 7 years ago I was a wreck and thought my life was a complete failure - then one day I decided I was the only person who could change things. So I did.

    WOW - what a difference. Many good things (and some fabulous things too) have happened to me since then. Some not so good as well, but by far I feel lucky and blessed 6 out 7 days of the week.

    Your OWN attitude is pretty much the ONLY thing in life you have complete control over. And this is my favorite line to disappointed, disgruntled, and pessimestic people - You only live ONCE - you better make the most of it.
     

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