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Attitude Is Everything

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Rex Allen McCoy
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0 posted 10-10-2000 12:06 AM       View Profile for Rex Allen McCoy   Email Rex Allen McCoy   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rex Allen McCoy's Home Page   View IP for Rex Allen McCoy

I'm not here to complain ... I just wanted to pass on ... an e-mail I received. I found it quite interesting.

It was written
  ~ by ~
Francie  Baltazar-Schwartz

Some of you may have already read it ... it has a lot to think about.

Attitude Is Everything
Jerry was the kind of guy you love to hate. He was always in a good mood
and always had 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  unique  manager  because  he  had  several  waiters who had
followed  him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters
followed  Jerry  was  because  of  his  attitude. He was a natural motivator.
If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry 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 Jerry
and  asked  him,  "I  don't  get  it!  You can't be a positive, up person all the
time.  How do you do it?"

Jerry  replied,  "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, 'Jerry 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,"  Jerry  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 or bad mood.
The  bottom  line:  it's  your  choice  how  you  live  life."

I  reflected  on  what  Jerry  said.  Soon  thereafter,  I  left  the  restaurant
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  Jerry  did  something  you  are  never
supposed to do in the restaurant business:  he left the back door open one
morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While trying
to  open  the  safe,  his  hand,  shaking  from  nervousness,  slipped off the
The  robbers  panicked  and  shot  him.  Luckily,  Jerry was found relatively
quickly  and  rushed  to  the  local  trauma center. After 18 hours of surgery
and  weeks  of  intensive  care,  Jerry  was r eleased from the hospital with
fragments  of  the  bullets  still  in  his  body.

I  saw  Jerry 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  robbery  took  place.

"The  first  thing  that  went  through my mind was that I should have locked
the back door,"  Jerry  replied.  "Then,  as  I lay on the floor, 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.

Jerry  continued,  "The  paramedics  were great. They kept telling me I was
going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room 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

"What  did  you  do?"  I  asked.

"Well,  there  was  a  big,  burly nurse shouting questions at me," said Jerry.
"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, 'Bullets!' Over their laughter, I told them, 'I am choosing to
live.  Operate  on  me  as  if  I  am  alive,  not  dead."

Jerry  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.
Member Rara Avis
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1 posted 10-10-2000 12:38 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

I've read this one and I loved it. I had forgotten all about it. Thanks for posting it Rex, for it's something we all need reminding about, and something to remember.   Made my night. Thanks!
Poet deVine
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2 posted 10-10-2000 12:41 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Bravo! I agree....
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3 posted 10-10-2000 04:02 AM       View Profile for monique   Email monique   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for monique

Rex that is a nice story
My pessimist gene gets in the way
Reading you'all helps a whole lot
Even if it is just an inch

Kit McCallum
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4 posted 10-10-2000 05:46 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Words to live by ... great story, thanks for posting this Rex!  
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5 posted 10-10-2000 09:35 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

This story never gets old, and it is certainly how I view life...without [the right] attitude, there's no altitude...

If I whisper, will you listen?...KRJ

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6 posted 10-10-2000 09:41 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Words to live by, Rex..
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7 posted 10-10-2000 01:08 PM       View Profile for Poertree   Email Poertree   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poertree

YAY!!! Rex


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9 posted 10-10-2000 01:39 PM       View Profile for JP   Email JP   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JP's Home Page   View IP for JP

Hey Rex, this came along at just the right time... thanks.

Yesterday is ash, tomorrow is smoke; only today does the fire burn.

Most people would rather die than think; in fact, they do so.
B. Russell
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