One of the fastest ways to make yourself feel more
positive is to read an inspirational positive story.
Here is a great example about choice:
Every day we have two choices
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.”
I reflected on what Michael 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 Michael was involved
in a bad accident, falling some sixty feet from a
After eighteen 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. Want to 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, “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?”
Michael continued, “… the paramedics were great.
They kept telling me I was going to be fine, But when
they wheeled me into the ER 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.
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.
What a great positive story to help us think about how we handle life’s challenges and to realise that we have choices every day.
Go to your bookshop or library and get a copy of any of
the books in the series ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’.
Each book has around 100 true inspirational positive stories.
Reading even one of them can make you feel great.
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