LIFE IS WONDERFUL
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Thomas is the kind you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone asked him how he was, he replied:"If I were any better I'd be twins." He is a natural motivator.If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive in the situation.I was curious to see this, then one day I went over to Thomas and asked him: "How do you do?" Thomas replied: "Every morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two options 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. Every time something happens bad, I can choose to be a victim or take lessons from it. I choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept complaints theirs, or I can choose to point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life. "Yeah, but it's not that easy," I protested. "That's it," said Thomas, "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 affect your mood. It is you who choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. Ultimately it is your choice how you live your life.
 
I thought about what he said. Shortly thereafter, I left the firm to start my own business. We lost contacts, but I often thought about him when I made a choice relation to life instead of reacting to it. Many years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, with a fall of 20 feet from a communications tower. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Thomas was discharged from the hospital with rods placed in his back. I met him about six weeks 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 asked him what was going on in his head during the accident. "The first thing I thought was the welfare of my unborn daughter," replied Thomas. "So 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." "Were not you scared?" Did you lose consciousness? " I asked. Thomas continued, "The paramedics were great. They said all along that I was going to go well. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw expressions of the doctors and nurses, I was terrified. In their eyes was written: "He's a dead man." I knew I had to do something. " "What did you do?" I asked. "Well, it was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me, "said Thomas. "She asked if I was allergic to anything." Yes, "I replied. The doctors andnurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, "Gravity." Over their laughter, I told them: "I choose to live." Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead. Jerry lived thanks to the doctors skill, but also because of his amazing attitude.

I learned from him that every day we choose to live fully. Attitude is, after everything, EVERYTHING.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for themselves. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Actually, today the tomorrow you worried yesterday.

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