Two Choices - Michael's story
Michael 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, Michael 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 Michael and asked him, "I
don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"
Michael replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, 'Mike, 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 isn't that easy," I protested.
"Yes, it is," Michael 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. The bottom line is:
It's your choice how you live life."
I reflected on what Michael said. Soon thereafter, I left the tower industry to start my own
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 Michael was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60
feet from a communications tower. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care,
Michael was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.
I saw Michael 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 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," Michael 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.
Michael 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 Michael. "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'."
Michael 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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~~Author: Francie Baltazar-Schwartz~~ (modified by “Unknown”
You have 2 choices now:
- A Negative outlook on life: poisoning yourself with bitterness, resentment, and
becoming all withered inside, and spreading the blight of that miserable
pessimistic negativity to all you meet and all you touch.
- A Positive outlook on life: where you grow, are happy and spread happiness all
around you, bringing joy, enthusiasm and optimism to all whose lives you touch –
including your own.
Hope you will choose No. 2.
Why do some people seem to get everything they want, while others struggle just to make
ends meet? The answer is simple: You were never taught how to get what you want; you
were never given the right information. You learned how to read and write, walk and talk,
but when it came to the most important tools of all, you were left without the answers.
There are a lot of unhappy people in the world. The tragic truth is that many of those
unhappy people could lead happier lives if only they stopped clinging to the misconceptions
they have about happiness. While it is easier to blame someone else for our unhappiness,
the simple truth is that no one else has power over our happiness.
We give that power to others but that is our choice. People who do this are, and remain,
victims: of life, of circumstances and of other people’s doings.
Once we take control of our own happiness then we will be happier.
It’s the most unhappy people who most fear change.
Tip: negative, sarcastic and unhappy people are angry
people: they are angry because they are hurting.
Negative unhappy people are among the most wounded
of all. Their sarcasm and biting tongue announces that
anger and woundedness to the entire world.
from Dawn Cove Abbey
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