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Old 23-01-2007, 16:27   #1
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A great email I was sent..

John 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, John 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 and asked
him, "I don't get it!

You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?"

He 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," he 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 your life."

I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, 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 he was involved in a serious Accident,
falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.
After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was Released
from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

I saw him 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 I 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," he 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.

He 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 deadman'.
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 John.

"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."

He 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." Matthew 6:34.

After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

You have two choices now:

01. Delete this
02. Forward it to the people you care about.
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Old 23-01-2007, 16:52   #2
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Old 23-01-2007, 17:15   #3
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Old 24-01-2007, 00:41   #4
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And we talk about all the spam and commercial crap that should be deleted ! Who let this load of old bollocks through ? It's nothing more than a bloody chain letter for christ's sake.

ps - maybe they should have tried to reverse the lobotomy while the dickhead was in hospital.
Did ya send it on?Thats ya choice!So ya decided to have a not so happy post.That's ya choice.It's about time somebody posted something nice like that.In fact it is similar to my philosophy,except for the "I really don't give a sh**t what happens around me"bit that he left out.The best thing about choice's is that ya can change silly one's. Mudnut.
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Old 24-01-2007, 16:54   #5
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Did ya send it on?Thats ya choice!So ya decided to have a not so happy post.That's ya choice.It's about time somebody posted something nice like that.In fact it is similar to my philosophy,except for the "I really don't give a sh**t what happens around me"bit that he left out.The best thing about choice's is that ya can change silly one's. Mudnut.
Ironically enough my post was promptly deleted cos of foul language. It still amazes ....oh never mind I can't be bothered.

You might want to edit out the d......d word from your quote. Well I presume it was that word, hey, maybe it was lobotomy that upset the powers that be.
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Old 25-01-2007, 03:00   #6
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Notwithstanding it’s puerile content, and saccharin form (my opinion only) - never monday was only trying to share an appealing and pithy inspirational allegory.
Let’s not go overboard critiquing a “throw-away” parable.
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Old 25-01-2007, 03:25   #7
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Each to their own I guess..............hopefully none of the "Jeezus luvs me" stuff will start appearing - save me getting banned.............
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Old 25-01-2007, 04:27   #8
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I find it amazing that by posting something with a positive canotation, I get slammed.

In real life (not internet) I have exactly zero paitences and time for negative people. After 15 years in public safety, listenenig to sniveling and whining I'm over negativity. Life is about atitude and choices.
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Old 25-01-2007, 07:20   #9
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An appealing and pithy inspirational allegory with with a positive connotation it may be, and I definitely do appreciate people with a positive attitude. I also appreciate people with a negative attitude. Some of the best inspiration in the world comes from the interaction with a negative person. (The world is flat I tell you!) However, having deleted a few hundred of these, and the ill conceived spawn of these "inspirational" messages from my email, I really have no need to see them here.

Geez, people here on the forum will tell me (and I thank you for that, including those from never monday!!) which anchor to use, which dinghy, which type of sail, and so on. Do I really also need someone to tell me what attitude I should have, or how inspired I should be on any given day as well? Well, I want to be positive, so.. I positively see no need for posts like this in the forum. If I really need a good shot of inspiration I'll look in the deleted file of my email.

Interestingly enough, I did not find any reference to it (text of the original post) in Snopes. Anybody know where this originally came from? It may be true but, and sorry to be negative here, I truly doubt it.


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Old 25-01-2007, 07:25   #10
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Unfortunatly I'm not able to edit or remove the post to please the trolls..

This is the "off topic forum" remember that

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Yeah, you're right, off topic. My apologies, sorry for the mini rant, and the bad attitude. And it is indeed always more satisfying interact with someone positive. You are that, and I thank you for it.
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My apologies, sorry for the mini rant, and the bad attitude.
Accepted, no wories mate.
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