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  1. 1. You havetwo choices
  2. 2. Jerry is the manager of arestaurant. He is always in agood mood.
  3. 3. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would always reply,
  4. 4. "If I were any better, Iwould be twins!"
  5. 5. Many of the waiters at hisrestaurant quit their jobswhen he changed jobs,
  6. 6. so they could follow himaround from restaurant torestaurant
  7. 7. Why ?
  8. 8. BecauseJerry was a naturalmotivator.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. Seeing this style really mademe curious, so one day I wentup to Jerry and asked him :
  11. 11. "I dont get it! No one can bea positive person all of thetime. How do you do it?"
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. I always choose to be in a good mood.Each time something badhappens, I can choose tobe victim or I can chooseto learn from it. I alwayschoose to learn from it.
  14. 14. Every time someone comesto me complaining, I canchoose to accept theircomplaining or I can pointout the positive side of life.I always choose the positiveside of life."
  15. 15. "But its not always thateasy,“ I protested.
  16. 16. "Yes it is," Jerry said.
  17. 17. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk every situation is a choice.
  18. 18. 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.Its your choice how you live your life."
  19. 19. Several years later,
  20. 20. I heard that Jerry accidentally did something you are never supposed to do in the restaurant business.
  21. 21. He left the back door of hisrestaurant open
  22. 22. And then ???
  23. 23. In the morning,he was robbed by three armed men.
  24. 24. They want?
  25. 25. #123*+!@$%&*~
  26. 26. While Jerry trying to openthe safe box,
  27. 27. his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination.The robbers panicked and shot him.
  28. 28. Luckily, Jerry was found quickly and rushed to the hospital.
  29. 29. After 18 hours of surgery
  30. 30. andweeks of intensive care,
  31. 31. Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body. …
  32. 32. I saw Jerry about six months after the accident.
  33. 33. When I asked him how he was,
  34. 34. he replied, "If I were any better, Id be twins. Want to see my scars?"
  35. 35. I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place.
  36. 36. "The first thing that wentthrough my mind was thatI should have locked theback door," Jerry replied.
  37. 37. "Then, after they shot me, asI lay on the floor, Iremembered that I had twochoices: I could choose tolive or could choose to die. Ichose to live."
  38. 38. "Werent you scared“I asked?
  39. 39. Jerry continued, "The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine.
  40. 40. But when they wheeled me into the Emergency Room and I saw the expression on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared.
  41. 41. In their eyes, I read Hes a dead man.
  42. 42. I knew I needed to take action."
  43. 43. "What did you do?" I asked.
  44. 44. "Well, there was a big nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry. "She asked if I was allergic to anything."
  45. 45. Yes, I replied.
  46. 46. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply.
  47. 47. I took a deep breath
  48. 48. and yelled, Bullets!
  49. 49. Over their laughter, I told them,
  50. 50. I am choosing to live. Please operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.
  51. 51. "Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude.
  52. 52. I learned from him that
  53. 53. every day you have the choice to either enjoy your life or to hate it.
  54. 54. The only thing that is truly yours -- that no one can control or take from you-
  55. 55. is your attitude,
  56. 56. so if you can take care of that, everything else in life becomes much easier.