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    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 the 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 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


    You have two choices now:
    01. Delete this
    02. Forward it to the people you care about.
    The only easy day was yesterday
    Dedicated to my brother in law who died
    doing what he loved being a Navy SEAL

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    No thanks. I prefer to be a jerk.

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    This guy gets it.

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    And I refer to the OP

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    ATTITUDE!!! It is more than a word. Each of us make numerous choices every day, determined by attitude. I would rather leave the operating room staff "in stitches" before they give me mine than to consider me as just "another patient". I would think they would be sharper and "want" to have a successful outcome if they see me as more than another patient. I am scheduled for some major surgery in less than two weeks and hope I can have John's attitude going into surgery.
    Dave "The said Constitution shall never be construed...to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." Samuel Adams

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgifted View Post
    ATTITUDE!!! It is more than a word. Each of us make numerous choices every day, determined by attitude. I would rather leave the operating room staff "in stitches" before they give me mine than to consider me as just "another patient". I would think they would be sharper and "want" to have a successful outcome if they see me as more than another patient. I am scheduled for some major surgery in less than two weeks and hope I can have John's attitude going into surgery.
    Prayers for you. I wish you the best of luck during and after your surgery.

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    As a followup to my earlier post, I had the major surgery last week and I survived. I would not have imagined a better experience, considering I had to have surgery. Where normally, I would be very anxious and agitated undergoing the knife, it was completely the opposite! I determined to have a positive attitude and remain upbeat. I remarked to the nurses that my first goal was to get up, walking within 24 hours. I stated I wanted to walk "vigourously" and definite strides rather than doing the post-op "shuffle". I succeeded with the nurses acknowledging that. I progressed to each challenge and met them, even staying off prescription meds so I could drive the same day I was released. Nurses commended me for each step I made. For being almost 70, I feel those have been real accomplishments.
    -----As mentioned, my goal was to follow John's prescription for remaining positive and everything I did leading up to my surgery was geared to that. I constantly tried to use humor with the hospital staff. I could not have been cared for better than they provided. Lastly, but not least, I called on friends and family to support me through prayer, which those I know about did more than I hoped. My pastor showed up at 5:30 AM on the day of surgery to visit and pray with me before going to my early morning surgery. I am very glad the story about John was posted as it helped me prepare for what I was expecting to be a very traumatic day.
    Dave "The said Constitution shall never be construed...to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." Samuel Adams

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    That's great! I'll have to remember that if I ever have to have surgery. I've been lucky so far.

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