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    1000+ Posts Damien Gardner's Avatar
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    Think Positive

    I've never really thought about it, but reading this made me realise this is my philosophy, and most likely the reason i'm still here.
    Please enjoy and copy & pass on

    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, 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.

    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," Michael
    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 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 serious
    accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

    After 18 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. 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," 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?" I asked.

    Michael 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
    Michael. "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.

    "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about
    itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." After all today is the
    tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

    You have two choices now:
    1. Delete this.
    2. Forward it to the people you care about. You know the choice I made.

    Enjoy each day, each breath and mostly---each and every friend
    cheers!

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    Health and good fortune always,
    Damien.

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    Life never seems to be that simple for me
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    Sometimes you read things like this and you think that people like this don't exist.

    Behind it is a message. Life is complicated, life is hard work, but whilst we have air in our lungs, a beat in our heart, we have no choice but to work through the riddle that is our life.

    We can do it in misery or we can face each challenge with enthusiasm, our eyes open, ears pricked and embrace what we can learn about ourselves.

    Any member of this forum has some semblance of this philosophy by not conforming to the mediocrity of driving an Australian, modified American or Asian sourced vehicle!

    Love your French cars, enjoy your Australian wine and mever go to sleep angry or bitter!

    My 2 cents worth!

    Regards
    Andrew

    P.S. Drive it like you stole it!!

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    1000+ Posts Damien Gardner's Avatar
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    I was the same as the masses, until late '94, 5 months after surgery for a faaaarkin huge brain tumour, i was told in mid november i was better off waiting at home as i wouldn't make it to Christmas.
    That brought about a total change in attitude and consequenly my belief base. ONE DAY at a time and live life to the fullest extent your finances allow.
    Needless to say i'm rather happy to still be here almost 9 years later.
    cheers!
    Health and good fortune always,
    Damien.

    We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
    We ran to the sounds of thunder.
    We danced among the lightning bolts,
    and tore the R10's assfromunder.

    Robert Jordan & memyself&I

    1/48th Scale Alpine A310,
    N-scale 1/160th Renault & Citroen, Advert. Signs & Billboards

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