Jerry is the manager ofJerry is the manager ofa restaurant. He isa restaurant. He isalways in a good moodalways in a good mood
When someone would ask himWhen someone would ask himhow he was doing, he wouldhow he was doing, he wouldalways reply,always reply,
"If I were any better, I would be"If I were any better, I would betwins!"twins!"
Many of the waiters at hisMany of the waiters at hisrestaurant quit their jobs whenrestaurant quit their jobs whenhe changed jobs, so they couldhe changed jobs, so they couldfollow him around fromfollow him around fromrestaurant to restaurantrestaurant to restaurant
Because Jerry was a naturalBecause Jerry was a naturalmotivator.motivator.
If an employee was having a badIf an employee was having a badday, Jerry was always there,day, Jerry was always there,telling the employee how to looktelling the employee how to lookon the positive side of theon the positive side of thesituation.situation.
Seeing this style really made meSeeing this style really made mecurious, so one day I went up tocurious, so one day I went up toJerry and asked himJerry and asked him ：："I dont get it! No one can be a"I dont get it! No one can be apositive person all of the time.positive person all of the time.How do you do it?"How do you do it?"
Jerry replied, "Each morningJerry replied, "Each morningI wake up and say to myself,I wake up and say to myself,I have two choices today. II have two choices today. Ican choose to be in a goodcan choose to be in a goodmood or I can choose to bemood or I can choose to bein a bad mood.in a bad mood.
I always choose to be in a goodI always choose to be in a goodmood.mood.Each time something badEach time something badhappens, I can choose to behappens, I can choose to bevictim or I can choose to learnvictim or I can choose to learnfrom it. I always choose tofrom it. I always choose tolearn from it.learn from it.
Every time someone comes toEvery time someone comes tome complaining, I can chooseme complaining, I can chooseto accept their complaining orto accept their complaining orI can point out the positiveI can point out the positiveside of life.side of life.I always choose the positiveI always choose the positiveside of life."side of life."
"But its not always that easy,“"But its not always that easy,“I protested.I protested."Yes it is," Jerry said.
"Life is all about choices. WhenLife is all about choices. Whenyou cut away all the junkyou cut away all the junkevery situation is a choice.every situation is a choice.
• You choose how you react toYou choose how you react tosituations.situations.• You choose how people willYou choose how people willaffect your mood.affect your mood.• You choose to be in a goodYou choose to be in a goodmood or bad mood.mood or bad mood.• Its your choice how you liveIts your choice how you liveyour life."your life."
I heard that JerryI heard that Jerryaccidentally did somethingaccidentally did somethingyou are never supposed toyou are never supposed todo in the restaurantdo in the restaurantbusiness.business.…… He left the back door ofHe left the back door ofhis restaurant openhis restaurant open
In the morning, he wasIn the morning, he wasrobbed by three armed men.robbed by three armed men.They Wanted $ *# $$$...They Wanted $ *# $$$...
While Jerry trying to openWhile Jerry trying to openthe safe box, his hand,the safe box, his hand,shaking from nervousness,shaking from nervousness,slipped off the combination.slipped off the combination.
The robbers panicked andThe robbers panicked andshot him.shot him.
Luckily, Jerry was foundLuckily, Jerry was foundquickly and rushed to thequickly and rushed to thehospital.hospital.
After 18 hours ofAfter 18 hours ofsurgery and weeks ofsurgery and weeks ofintensive care,intensive care,
Jerry was released fromJerry was released fromthe hospital withthe hospital withfragments of the bulletsfragments of the bulletsstill in his body.…still in his body.…
I saw Jerry about sixI saw Jerry about sixmonths after themonths after theaccident.accident.When I asked him how heWhen I asked him how hewas,he replied,was,he replied,
"If I were any better, Id be"If I were any better, Id betwins. Want to see mytwins. Want to see myscars?"scars?"
I declined to see hisI declined to see hiswounds, but did ask himwounds, but did ask himwhat had gone through hiswhat had gone through hismind as the robbery tookmind as the robbery tookplace.place.
"The first thing that went"The first thing that wentthrough my mind was thatthrough my mind was thatI should have locked theI should have locked theback door," Jerry replied.back door," Jerry replied.
"Then, after they shot me, as"Then, after they shot me, asI lay on the floor, II lay on the floor, Iremembered that I had tworemembered that I had twochoices: I could choose to livechoices: I could choose to liveor could choose to die. Ior could choose to die. Ichose to live."chose to live."
"Werent you scared”"Werent you scared”I asked?I asked?
Jerry continued, "TheJerry continued, "Theparamedics were great.paramedics were great.They kept telling me I wasThey kept telling me I wasgoing to be fine.going to be fine.
But when they wheeled meBut when they wheeled meinto the Emergency Roominto the Emergency Roomand I saw the expression onand I saw the expression onthe faces of the doctors andthe faces of the doctors andnurses, I got really scared.nurses, I got really scared.
In their eyes, I read Hes a deadIn their eyes, I read Hes a deadman.‘man.‘I knew I needed to take action."I knew I needed to take action."
"What did you do?" I asked."What did you do?" I asked.
"Well, there was a big nurse"Well, there was a big nurseshouting questions at me,"shouting questions at me,"said Jerry. "She asked if Isaid Jerry. "She asked if Iwas allergic to anything.“was allergic to anything.“Yes, I replied.Yes, I replied.
The doctors and nursesThe doctors and nursesstopped working as theystopped working as theywaited for my reply.waited for my reply.
I took a deep breath andI took a deep breath andyelled, Bullets!yelled, Bullets!
Over their laughter, I toldOver their laughter, I toldthem, I am choosing tothem, I am choosing tolive.live.Please operate on me asPlease operate on me asif I am alive, not dead.if I am alive, not dead.
"Jerry lived thanks to"Jerry lived thanks tothe skill of his doctors,the skill of his doctors,but also because of hisbut also because of hisamazing attitude.amazing attitude.
I learned from him thatI learned from him that
Every day you have theEvery day you have thechoice to either enjoychoice to either enjoyyour life or to hate it.your life or to hate it.
The only thing that isThe only thing that istruly yours -- that no onetruly yours -- that no onecan control or take fromcan control or take fromyou-you-