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
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
business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a
choice about life instead of reacting to it.
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
"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
"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
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.
~ Unknown Author