Saturday, May 18, 2013

Life Is All About Choices

After I met and got to know Joan she told me two very profound things. Joan has had a lot of tragedy in her life but those of you that don't know every thing about her would never know it. Always smiling, always positive.
Way back then she told me life is all about choices. She said it is up to all of us to choose if we want to be happy or sad. She said I choose to be happy.

I try to do that every morning but sometimes it is challenging. I was married to a woman before Joan that also chose to be happy.

So between the two of them I have spent over 50 years with two women whose choice was to be happy.

And at times I still struggle with it. But I keep trying. LOL

The other thing she told me was that she wanted to wear out, she never wanted to rust out. No chance of rust ever being able to settle on her, LOL

So when a friend sent me this E-Mail today even though I have read it before I am going to print it out and refer to it often.

Read this



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 can
choose to
be in a bad mood

I choose to be in a good mood.'

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.'

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.

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.

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

'Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?' I asked.

He continued, '...the paramedics were great.

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

'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.

After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

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