I guess we all like to complain about life, and I must say we all have some or the other reason to. But, isn’t life all but choice? I read this forwarded e-mail (and I hardly read any), but now that I think of it, maybe I was supposed to read it and learn something. So here goes.. because I am going to paste it in the hopes that if any of you out there are reading it – maybe it’ll change something in you.


John 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, John 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 and asked him, ‘I don’t get it!

You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?’

He 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,’ he 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 your life.’

I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, 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 he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

I saw him 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 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,’ he 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

He 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 John. ‘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.’

He 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

           After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

You have two choices now:

01. Delete this from your memory and never think about it again

02. Live your life and next time you come across a situation… make a conscious choice…

I wouldn’t be posting this, but since I am… I guess you know the choice I made. It’s time to live for me and for you (if you have gotten this far reading it). There is no saying if tomorrow will really be here, and like they all say “Live today like there is no tomorrow” …. well to say it in different words “Everyone who lives dies, but not everyone who dies, lives” … Think back, and think ahead and realize that everything that seemed like a big issue at a time, will be nothing but a memory, and  chances are you will be smiling when you reminisce. No matter how hard today is, it’s not worth giving up on.. it’s not worth wasting this moment of your life in worries of tomorrow. I would rather smile through this, than let the frowns ruin this special moment of my life.. a moment that will never come back… a moment that will be lost forever if I don’t hold on to it now and make a memory…