Saturday, July 07, 2007

We have the choice to live

I got this article at my mail box. Nice to shared with you...
This article is meant to be purely inspirational...


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, 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," 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 affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: 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 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 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 would 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," 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 Emergency Room 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. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."


  1. Hello my friend,
    Very inspiring story, and it's one I can relate to. People need to look at the positives rarher than the negatives. I became disabled some 20 years ago, made a friend of a guy who had much the same problem. Our outlooks were different though, we had the option of choice: choose to fight back and smile or choose to accept it and do nothing but be miserable. I decided to fight whereas he decided to give in, and his quality of life deteriorated. So we do choose, as your friend says, and it is much better to choose the positive, it makes a happier person.
    Thank you for sharing that story.
    God Bless and have a good weekend.

  2. i love this story Pieter, I had to read it again so that it sank in. you are right in saying life is a choice...and we do that everyday. It is hard and sometimes I do falter...but i try to do better the next day.

    Thank you...I needed to read this today. God bless you!

  3. are true my friend. We have to choose the positive, but some times it's not easy to make decision regarding to our ego..!

    SophiaGurl..This story is inspiring me to do more better in my life.
    You are true, sometimes it's hard, but we learn from the past and remember yesterday had gone and tomorrow may never come, so we have to choose better in our life.

  4. sweet girl11/7/07 9:58 PM

    very inspiring story!

    It's so true..
    We have the choice to live life as we want ,,not as our conditions,and others want us to live...