You Have Two Choices
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?
side of the situation.
Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to
and asked him 'I don't get it! No one can be a positive person all of
the time. How do you do it?'
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,'
'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 your life.
Several years later, I heard that
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.
nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot
After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care,
released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his
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,'
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?
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
'What did you do?' I asked. 'Well, there was a big nurse shouting
questions at me,' said
'Yes,' to bullets, I replied.
Over their laughter, I told them: 'I am choosing to live. Please operate
on me as if I am alive, not dead.' '
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.