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This story was doing the rounds and I have no idea if it is true or not but here it is:

My friend Jerry was one of the most positive people I had ever known. He was always in a good mood and always had something encouraging to say.

He was a manager at a restaurant. If his employee had a bad day, Jerry always helped him to look on the positive side of the situation.

Jerry‘s attitude truly amazed me. So one day I asked him: “How can you be so positive all the time?” He replied:”You see, every morning I tell myself, that I have two choices for that day – to be in a good mood or in a bad. I choose the good one. And when something wrong happens, I can be sad and angry or I can learn from it instead. I choose to learn. Thus I choose the positive side of life”. I said: “It is not that easy”. He replied: “Yes it is. Life is all about choices. You can choose how people or situations will affect your mood, your life”.

One morning Jerry left the restaurant‘s back door open and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. He tried to open the safe, but his hands shook due to nervousness and he slipped off the combination. So the robbers shot him. Fortunately, Jerry was quickly found and brought to the nearest hospital. After many hours of surgery and long intensive care, Jerry was released home.

When I met him, I asked, what were his thoughts during the robbery. “I thought that I should have locked the back door”, he replied. “Then, when I laid on the floor, I remembered about my choices in this case: a choice to live and a choice to die. I chose to live.”

I asked, if he were scared. Jerry continued: “When they wheeled me into emergency room and I looked at the faces of doctors, I got truly scared. I knew, that I need to do something. So when the nurse asked me, if I was allergic to anything, I replied “Yes” Doctors and nurses stopped working as waited for my answer. I took a deep breath and yelled “Bullets”. They started laughing and I asked: “My choice is to live, operate me as I am alive, not dead”.

Now Jerry is alive owing to skills of his doctors, however his amazing attitude played an important role too. I learned from him, that every day we should choose to live fully no matter what.

I know that some of you reading this have had to make such a choice – one of life and death.  And you are still here, reading this – a true survivor.  For the rest of you – may you never have to be faced with such choices.
No matter what we go through in our lives, we always have a choice.
We may not have a choice about what happens to us but we always have a choice on how to deal with it.
You have the ability to deal with everything in a more positive, optimistic way.
And when you choose to be positive – you will really start to shine because you can do this, you can get through this.
Just choose to do it!

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