A Beautiful Story

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BlackGun, Sep 17, 2004.

  1. BlackGun

    BlackGun New Member

    Jun 15, 2001
    A Beautiful Story

    Jerry is the manager of a restaurant in South Philly.

    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 always reply,

    "If I were any better, I would be twins!"

    Many of the waiters at his restaurant quit their jobs
    when he changed jobs, so they could follow him around
    from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters
    followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a
    natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad
    day, Jerry was always 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 Jerry and asked him, "I don't get it! No
    one can be a positive person all the time. How do you
    do it?" Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say
    to myself, I have two choices today,

    I can choose to be in a good mood
    or I can choose to be in a bad mood.
    I always 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 always 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 always choose the positive side of life."

    "But it's not always that easy," I protested.

    "Yes, it is," Jerry 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.
    It's your choice how you live your life."

    Several years later, I heard that Jerry accidentally
    did something you are never supposed to do in the
    restaurant business: he left the back door of his
    restaurant open one morning and was robbed by three
    armed men. While trying to open the safe, his hand,
    shaking from nervousness slipped off the combination.
    The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was
    found quickly and rushed to the hospital. After 18
    hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry
    was released from the hospital with fragments of the
    bullets still in his body.

    I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When
    I asked him how he was, he replied,

    "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Want to see my scars?"

    I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had
    gone through his mind as the robbery took place.

    "The first thing that went through my mind was that I
    should have locked the back door," Jerry replied.
    "Then, after they shot me, as I lay on the floor, I
    remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to
    live or choose to die. I chose to live."

    "Weren't you scared?" I asked. Jerry 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 nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry.

    " 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, 'Bullets!' Over their laughter, I
    told them, 'I am choosing to live. Please operate on
    me as if I am alive, not dead'."

    Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but
    also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from
    him that every day you have the choice to either enjoy
    your life or to hate it. The only thing that is truly
    yours --that no one can control or take from you -- is
    your attitude, so if you can take care of that,
    everything else in life becomes much easier.

    Now you have two choices to make:

    1. You can just close the browser now and leave this
    message where it is OR
    2. You can forward it and still keep in touch with
    your friends.

    I hope you will choose #2. I did because you are my friend.

  2. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    Colorado Rocky Mountains
    You are free to choose. ;)

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