The Story of Michael

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by BamaCats Lady, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. BamaCats Lady

    BamaCats Lady New Member

    Luverne, Alabama
    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 would 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 a positive person all
    of the time. How do you do it?" Michael replied, "Each morning I wake up
    and say to myself, 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 life.

    "Yeah, right, it's not 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 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 Michael said. Soon thereafter, I left the Towe
    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 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 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 that 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 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."

    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 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." After all today is the
    tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

    What a great way to look at like!:lol:
  2. Believer

    Believer New Member

    Greenwood, AR.
    I have seen that before, but it's been a while. Thanks for bringing it back to my attention. Great post, reps to you!

    God bless!

  3. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

    Beautiful post Lisa, Thanks i needed that!!!:big_smile: :big_smile:
  4. peewee williams

    peewee williams New Member

    The only way to live that is worth living.peewee-williams
  5. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

    Beebe AR
    :big_smile: Yes its very true we have 2 choices :big_smile:
  6. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

    Greenup Co. KY
    Great post Lisa,thanks for sharing!