Attitude is Everything!

Good morning friends!  The following is not an original composition of mine; it was sent to me several years ago.  I’ve used it in presentations but have never been able to give credit to the author.  I bring it to you today for your encouragement.   

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.  “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34.

Randy’s words:  Today you may be facing the challenge of your life.  Is cancer present?   The child you raised to love God and others has gone his own way and your heart is breaking.  The job you have come to love and depend on will soon go away leaving you uncertain about your economic future.  Your spouse has deeply disappointed you; you are thinking about divorce.  Maybe one of the people you have loved most in this life has died, leaving you lonely and uncertain.  Have thoughts of suicide invaded your spirit?   What is your greatest battle today?  Friends, whatever the bettle, know that God is near.   “Behold the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; Neither is His ear so dull that is cannot hear.”   Here’s what I know:  If He carried the the weight of the world upon His shoulders, I know my brother that He will carry you.” (Scott Wesley Brown)

Be Encouraged Today!


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandy Sanders on November 5, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I love that you are doing this blog! I look forward to it each morning… what a wonderful ministry. I am so glad we are FB friends!!! Thank you, Randy!


  2. Posted by Sandra Suits on November 5, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Absolutely wonderful. Thank you.


  3. Posted by Kathi Walrath on November 6, 2009 at 3:39 am

    So glad you shared that story Randy! I’ll be tuning in for more! Glad you decided to do this. 🙂


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