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Proof That Attitude is Everything


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Peter 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, Peter 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
Peter and asked him, “I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive
person all of the time. How do you do it?”

Peter replied, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself,
‘Pete, 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 isn’t that easy,” I protested.

“Yes, it is,” Peter 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 is: It’s your choice how you live life.”

I reflected on what Peter said. Soon thereafter, I left the
tower 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 Peter 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

I saw Peter 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,” Peter 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.

Peter 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 Peter. “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’m alive, not dead.”

Peter 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.

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  1. Malcolm says:

    Hi Michael,
    That was an absoulutely FABULOUS message, especially during the holiday season!The fact is that all of us have to live, and
    all of us have to die, it’s how we choose to look at our life that determines our experience. Thanks SO much!


    • Mike says:

      Hey Mal! It’s all up to us to determine our happiness, nobody else can do the job for us. Have a great holiday with Maggie and your lovely children!


  2. Judith V says:

    OMG! Was that AWESOME, definitely sharing this one, Michael!
    Have a great holiday!


  3. Wonderful, Wonderful Story Mike.

    I’d like to share a story about a courageous woman I know.
    I’ve know Brigitte for over 10 years. I worked with her at the store and about 5 years ago she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Over the past 5 years, she has been undergoing chemo and radiation. Every time they manage to eradicate the cancer in one spot, it moves and shows up in another spot.
    Not once have I seen this women being anything other then upbeat and positive. She’s always ready with a smile and hug for everyone she knows.
    Because of the chemo, she’s lost all her hair and has invested in 2 or 3 wigs.
    I’ve seen her talking to someone and just reach up and take her wig off……and laugh at the baby fine hair that has grown in…..
    Whenever anyone asks her how she is, she just smiles and says she is blessed!!
    Brigitte and people like her just totally humble me.

    Merry Christmas
    Alice and Jerry

    • Mike says:

      Hi Alice & Jerry, People like your friend are the true heroes of this world, and it is WE that are blessed to have them in our lives. Thanks for that wonderful story! Have a great holiday!


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