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15 Dec 2002
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Gauteng RSA

Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good
mood and always had 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 unique manager because he had several waiters who had
followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the
waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural
motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there
telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to
Jerry and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person
all of the time. How do you do it?"

Jerry replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, 'Jerry,
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

"Yeah, right, it's not 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. The bottom line: It's your
choice how you live life."

I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the
Restaurant 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 Jerry did something you are never
supposed to do in a restaurant business: he left the back door open
one morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers.
While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center.

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. Wanna
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
"Then, as I lay on the floor, 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.

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 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 Jerry. "She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes,' I
The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply.
I took a deep breathe and yelled, 'Bullets!' Over their laughter, I
Told them. 'I am choosing to live. 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 we have
The choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything.

Travis Byrne

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4 May 2004
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Oklahoma, USA
Hello Jaco
Thanks for posting the above.
It says what I try to live by, but I must confess that I do some failing. I love things that lift instead of sinking you.
Decisions, decisions, decisions


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11 Apr 2005
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West Yorkshire. UK
Hi Jaco,
I always find myself amazed at such people. We can all learn from them. I am often told that I always have a smile on my face & a cheery word for all. But I, like most others, have my darker moments. I suppose it all comes down to how we handle what life throws our way.

Cheers, Sliver. :) :D