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
"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
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:
1 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.
2 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
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
Negative unhappy people are among the most
unhappy of all. Their sarcasm and biting tongue
announces that anger and woundedness to the
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