You Have Two Choices
Jerry is the 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 restaurant. Why, because
Jerry was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry
was always there, telling the employee how to look on the positive side of
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 good mood or I can choose
to be in a bad mood. I always choose to be in a good mood.
Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be 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
complaining 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 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. It's your choice how you live
Several years later, I heard that Jerry accidentally did something you
are never supposed to do in the restaurant business. He left the back door
of his restaurant open And then in the morning, he was robbed by three armed
men. They want money of course.
While Jerry was 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 18 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 six 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 declined 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 live or could choose to die. I chose to live."
"Weren't you scared“, I asked. 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 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 nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry.
"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, 'Bullets!'
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 his doctors, but also because of his
amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day you have the choice
to either 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 becomes much easier.