Tuesday, July 8, 2008


You have two choices.
Jerry is a manager of a restaurant.He is always in a good mood.When someone would ask him how he was doing,he would always reply :
“If I were any better,I would be twins!”Many of the waiters at his restaurant quit their jobs when he changed jobs,so they could follow him around from restaurant to other restaurant.
Because Jerry is a natural motivator.
If an employee was having a bad day,Jerry was always there,telling him how to look on positive side of the situation.
Seeing this style really made me curious,so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him :
“I don’t get it!No one can be a positive person all of the time.How do you do it?”
Jerry replied,“Each morning I wake up and say to myself,I have two choices today.I can choose to be in a bad mood or in a good mood.I always 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 always choose to learn from it.Every time someone comes to me complaining,I can choose to accept their complaints or I can point out the positive side of life.I always choose the positive side of life.”
“But,it’s not always that easy,”I protested.
“Yes,it is,”Jerry said.
“Life is 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.
It’s your choice how you live your life.”
Several years later,I heard that Jerry accidentally did something that you are never supposed to do.He left the back door of his restaurant opened.And then in the morning,he was robbed by three armed men.
While Jerry trying to open the safe box,his hand,shaking from nervousness,slipped off the combination.The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily,Jerry was found quickly and rushed to the hospital.After 6 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care,Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.
I saw jerry about 6 months after the accident.When I asked him how he was,he replied,
“If I were any better,I’d be twins.Want to see my scars?”I decline to see his wounds,but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place.
“The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door,”Jerry replied.“Then,after they shot me,as I lay on the floor,I remembered that I had two choices : I could choose to die or could choose to live.I choose to live.”
Jerry continued,“The paramedics were great.They kept telling me I was going to be fine.But when they wheeled me into the Emergency Room and I saw the expression on the faces of the doctors and the nurses,I became really scare.In their eyes,I read,
‘He’s a dead man’
I knew I needed to take action”.
“What do you do,”I asked.
“Well,there was a big nurse shouting questions at me,”said Jerry.“She asked if I was allergic to anything.”
“Yes,to bullets,I replied.”
Over their laughter,I told them,“I am choosing to live.Please operate on me as if I am alive,not dead.”
Jerry lived thanks to the skill of the doctors,but also of his amazing attitude.
I learned from him that every day you have the choice either to enjoy your life or to hate it.
The only thing that is truly yours,that no one can control or take from you is your attitude.
So,if you can take care of that,everything else in life become much easier.
by:bintu mohamed