Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by CarolK, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. CarolK

    CarolK New Member

    This helped me today... hope it helps you too! CarolK

    Subject: Attitude

    John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good
    mood and al ways 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 natur! al 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.

    &nbs! p; 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 wo! rry 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.

    [This Message was Edited on 01/06/2006]
  2. CarolK

    CarolK New Member

    bumping... boy this board moves fast!
  3. dononagin

    dononagin New Member

    Very cool!
  4. MamaR

    MamaR New Member

    WOW.....this is great! Will pass it on.
  5. CarolK

    CarolK New Member

    I'm glad you two liked it... I know it sure helped me today. I've had a nasty headache for three days and some of the people I live with have just been in very grouchy moods... which sure didn't help me out.

    So this came as a gift to me today... I really needed to work on my own attitude!!

    Sure hope others read this and are as blessed by it as I was!

    Blessings to all... CarolK

  6. minimonkey

    minimonkey New Member

    There is some real wisdom here -- and I'm happy to say I see a bit of myself in the main character, too!

    BUT -- there is also a time to be sad, to grieve losses, to be angry and frustrated.... we need to be able to let ourselves feel those emotions as well.
  7. atiledsner

    atiledsner New Member

    Reminds me of the words....as a man beliveth in his heart so is he.I pray right now for all that post on this board that their lives will become more positive.That each and all of us choose life, abundant life.That 2006 will be a year of new beginnings and answers.I am really trying to jump start my life and get back on track.I know that planting a seed of prayer is a good start.Take care All.Dianne
  8. atiledsner

    atiledsner New Member

  9. MsE

    MsE New Member

    I think it is true. I wish I did a better job of maintaining such a good attitude.
    It's one of the things I'm going to work on during 2006.
  10. victoria

    victoria New Member

    and am quick to smile...

    good for me and family on one hand,

    but on the other,

    I do think it sometimes backfires cuz they think I must be feeling suddenly fine...

    but I still choose to be positive and smile anyway!

    all the best,
  11. CarolK

    CarolK New Member

    "As a man thinks in his heart... so is he!" Wise words from the Bible!! And oh so true!! "A merry heart does good like medicine"... is also apprepo!

    I think the beginning of 2006 is indeed a good time to make some major attitude adjustments for me. I have been down too much these past few weeks and it is past time for me to SNAP OUT OF IT!!

    Sure hope this posts helps others as much as it helped me!!

    Blessings... CarolK
  12. foggyfroggy

    foggyfroggy Guest

    I gotta keep practicing ! LOL!

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