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A friend sent me this story about John:


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 company 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 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 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.

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Short and fat has it's merits.


If I wasn't short, I wouldn't have size 3 feet and I wouldn't be able to buy shoes in the sales so often (children's sizes are very cheap). Can't see a benefit to the fat side though...that's why I'm going to be really good at Slimming World this year.

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Short and fat has it's merits.


Does it!! :shock::shock:


I can never reach anything off supermarket shelves.


I have to wait for Lennox Lewis or Poet to help me out.


My feet are size 5 so no joy in the sales shoe wise. :cry:


I tried Weight Watchers last year and didn't like it. :cry:


I shall walk more this year to try and shift some blubber.

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