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Inspirational Stories
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'd 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 positive  all the  time.  How do you do it?"

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 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.

Several years later, I heard 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 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," Michael  replied.   "Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered 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 take action."

"What did you do?" I asked. "Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Michael.   "She asked me if I was  allergic to anything. 'Yes,' I said.  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'."

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 a  choice to live fully.  Attitude is everything.

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