Thursday, March 6, 2008

Want to wish Tanya a
have a great day and make sure those boys spoil you rotten
Barb these are the flowers I picked up on the weekend ....
hope you like the layout I did for them ...

my SIL Barb had this scripture and it was so in line for me :

Resentment is racing your emotional motor...
it wastes valuable energy and gets you nowhere.
"See to it that no one misses the grace
of God and no bitter root grows up
to cause trouble and defile many."
Hebrews 12:15 NIV

I want to thank Shari for sharing this with me ...
she and others have been helping to face a few dark corners ...

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 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.
After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

You have two choices now:


Being Mrs Miles said...

Happy Birthday to Tanya.

Love the flower layout!

What a powerful statement Judy, thank you for sharing. Its so true, life is going to happen to you whether you like it or not, so LIKE it, already!

In saying this though, it does not mean that when you are hurting or having a bad day that you should 'gloss it over' or hide it if you really need to share it with someone. If someone asks you how you are its perfectly acceptable to say "not so good" when thats the case. We should not become "pollyannas" - something I was guilty of in the past. Now I'm very real about how I am on any given day. We need not be ashamed if we are having a bad day - everyone has them.

Keep up the great blogging & wonderful layouts.

Love, Sis

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Anonymous said...

Very nice blog ma and completely agree with Aunty true not to mask feelings...but important to try and find positives when life is trying. Love ya ma!!!