Positive Thinking

by Stephen on June 13, 2011 · 224 comments

in Inspirational Stories

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 person all of 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 mood 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 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 a 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 combination. 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 released 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 action.”

“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.

By Francie Baltazar-Schwartz

Let this really sink in-
then choose how you start your day tomorrow.

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{ 224 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dinesh June 16, 2011 at 5:25 am

It is very nice story. With positive attitude we can achieve any thing out of this life.

2 sadiq June 17, 2011 at 7:36 am

This is amazing, I was suffering from lots of problems but now I have a chose problem or solution?

3 pramit June 17, 2011 at 11:21 am

Thanks, it helped me in my school elocution contest.

4 Khushboo June 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Beautiful story, it helped me to take the imp decision of my career…. It’s really very inspiring.

5 Pooja June 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

It is a good story. I learned a lot from this. Really amazing. Thanx for this nice story.

6 Jasmine matilda July 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Awesome! Coz it adds positive energy.. I’ll surely pass it on to the ones I care.

7 Sharwan Kumar Saini July 4, 2011 at 3:55 am

It is a very interesting and inspiring story to me and for all.. there is a very positive point that have to adapt by us in our life.

8 Mukesh July 7, 2011 at 7:10 am

This story helped me to think positive and be happy.

9 Mareeswari July 7, 2011 at 7:30 am

Tears in my eyes when I am reading this story…
I just try to live like Jerry…

10 Nikki July 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I would love to be like him …

11 Vishal July 17, 2011 at 5:19 am

I want to live like Jerry.

12 Swati July 21, 2011 at 10:14 am

Lovely sayings… Love and help others make you feel happy forever as I do.

13 Miley Cyrus July 23, 2011 at 6:23 am

Wow, it was in the middle of a concert, I was sitting in my dressing room with my laptop – read the story, really touching.

14 Pam July 30, 2011 at 7:24 am

Nice story…it gives a positive outlook :)

15 Abhijit August 9, 2011 at 4:56 am

Really nice story. Good for so many people with depressed & negative mind.

16 James August 11, 2011 at 12:49 am

Long live the Jerry-like! May they infect our society.

17 Lily August 17, 2011 at 4:13 am

Nice story… I’m motivated about it..

18 Lily August 17, 2011 at 4:13 am

So inspired story…thanks for sharing this..

19 Nigen August 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

Thank you I…feel different now just by reading this =)

20 Giftson August 26, 2011 at 4:58 am

This is very good to read and we want to follow.

21 Pooja August 29, 2011 at 1:09 am


22 Rajiv.singh September 5, 2011 at 6:09 pm

It was a gud morale story. , . . . Finaly i got a reason to live ma life in a better way

23 Angel September 19, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Nice and motivative too

24 Sachin September 23, 2011 at 6:14 am

I know positive thinking does work in tricky situation.

25 Manu September 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Nice story

26 Madhuri October 2, 2011 at 2:48 am

very nice story……….

27 Gaurav October 28, 2011 at 8:27 am

hey thanx for this story …

28 Swetha November 1, 2011 at 8:05 am

Hey! That is great. I loved the story and it was motivational too.

29 Seriouszeno November 9, 2011 at 6:52 am

Really inspirational. Got to have that attitude.

30 Loganayaki November 11, 2011 at 4:43 am

Ya super and great story… it is very good example to motivate our self… I really enjoy and realise this story.

31 Kiran November 12, 2011 at 4:46 am

Fully attitude and positively moral.

32 Bageshwer Singh November 26, 2011 at 8:18 am

This story is very nice and practically very tough.

33 Pratap November 28, 2011 at 10:07 am

Positive attitude should be maintained until death……. very very very nice story…

34 Selwyn Ncedo December 15, 2011 at 3:24 am

This story has helped me change the way I think a great deal.

35 ANAM BAIG December 28, 2011 at 10:30 am

Nice story ….. I am motivated though that…….this story brings change in my thinking.

36 Rishav anand January 15, 2012 at 8:07 am

You saved me !!!!!!!!!!

37 Ravi ebizzer January 21, 2012 at 5:24 am

Very good story, it creates a positive energy …….

38 Amit January 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Just went through the story and love it. I hope this will work on me too…

39 Snekha January 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

Very useful story please follow this moral in daily life

40 HARSHGOSWAMI February 4, 2012 at 9:13 am


41 Dr Ebrahim Khodadoost February 16, 2012 at 10:01 am

I liked the idea behind the story. I personally have decided to take up Jerry’s strategy in life.

42 Kishan Giri February 23, 2012 at 5:43 am

Ya i learned to stay still in confusing path of life or do and go ahead which i am going to do from now on wards after i finished this such a wonderful truth of way of living life…Hat’s off to the writer

43 Timothy February 23, 2012 at 6:48 am

Awesome story. The attitude we have is all that matters.

44 cute February 28, 2012 at 4:38 am

great !! :)

45 Rames February 28, 2012 at 4:55 am

oh… wow… super story to motivation….. great…..

46 Akshay March 6, 2012 at 4:52 am

Wow… very interseting story.

47 Peter k March 6, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Interesting story

48 rutzs March 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Great Great story highly motivational…..
Teached me the best way to remain positive…. :-)
It moved me to my core….

49 Jeevi March 14, 2012 at 6:31 am

Really got inspired from this story :)

50 Harriet Tembesi March 18, 2012 at 8:58 am

Woow! It has really inspired me. Today I was feeling so low & discourage. Thanks. I believe I will see the positive side of things & not the negatives.

51 Kunal March 25, 2012 at 2:50 am

Hmmm…. That’s interesting story…

People should really live their lives as per the character (Jerry). It’s something inspirational lesson to us to learn to keep our mind in good mood whatever the condition is.

I liked this story very much. Keep posting such inspirational stuff.

52 Joy April 6, 2012 at 6:17 am

Attitude is showing your willpower, nothing become something if we think possitive everyday in life. In fact every moment in life.

53 Manju April 10, 2012 at 4:51 am

Such a nice story… Attitude is everything…true..

54 Vschauhan April 14, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Really inspiring and motivating story. Thanks for sharing.

55 Susan Imuzai April 19, 2012 at 2:27 am

Thank you for sharing this. I chose to think positively.

56 Abhay April 20, 2012 at 5:51 am

Its really Nice story……..

57 Rakesh April 20, 2012 at 11:23 am

Very inspiring story to live a life in fullest.

58 Krunal April 24, 2012 at 6:36 am

Bravo.. Good One..

59 Sandu May 2, 2012 at 5:47 am


60 Jose May 9, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Thank you so much. It makes u feel better inside.

61 Dinesh May 10, 2012 at 5:27 am

Very nice story. It has made me to choose how I should live now.

62 Pankaj May 17, 2012 at 7:15 am

Awesome story. Thank you so much.

63 Gaurav May 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Good story regarding to the consequences of your way to thinking……..thanx

64 Rohit May 18, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Ultimate truth of life…positive thinking is all which can make our life.

65 Vinothkannan May 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Good story yaar…..

66 Gargi Sharma May 24, 2012 at 12:07 am

Awesome story I will write in my english homework. First time i have heard such a nice story lovely one muah !! :) I will share it with my friends


67 SIDDHI VAIGANKAR May 29, 2012 at 4:05 am


68 ROSHAN SINGH June 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Great story, changed my life

69 Dave June 4, 2012 at 6:22 am

I think positive thinking affirmations are a great way to access the subconscious mind and improve the way we think about life.

70 Steffy sg June 7, 2012 at 9:23 am

Really lovely and beautiful story.

71 Raj June 14, 2012 at 11:18 am

Positive attidude people would never understand the magnitude of a bad situation.

72 Dana June 19, 2012 at 4:49 am

Great, be positive & productive. Negative thinking will waste the energy.

73 Payal Tiwari June 19, 2012 at 5:04 am

The stories were really very nice. Infact they all were just awesome.

74 Dharshan June 25, 2012 at 6:09 am

Very nice story.

75 Joe Lochrie June 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I have kept this story for years and always hand it out to people who I think could benefit from it. I always try to be like Jerry every day, I always chose to be positive. Great story.

76 Ajay June 27, 2012 at 3:29 am

Wow full on positive attitude… things keep on moving ahead whatever is the situation.

Salute to Jerry….:)

77 Kiran June 28, 2012 at 2:12 am

A story with full of positivity….

78 Harsh July 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Really nice story, and also we have to make ourselves very flexible and live with this positive attitude. So we never got any bad days in our life… agree or not.. and to live with this attitude will have to say “Jo hota hai vo bhale ke liye hota hai”.

79 Shiva July 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

Binding my energy towards positiveness………

80 Puja July 5, 2012 at 2:23 am

Really a great story provide love & help.

81 Jinnia Verma July 5, 2012 at 8:07 am

Nice story, it prevails postiveness in all over the world.

82 Aleihs July 6, 2012 at 5:21 am

Beautiful story! Truly it can awaken a weakened heart, God bless us..

83 Divya July 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

Really superb story… It changed my life and thought…before reading this story I was very worried about one incident happened in my life but now I choose the positive side from that. This story helped me to live my life happily. Thanks a lot.

84 Manny July 19, 2012 at 3:16 am

Awesome story. I don’t have any words to describe the story, it helped me a lot to find passage for my elocution.

My teachers liked this and now I choose to win and not to lose. I hope I win this elocution!!! Fingers crossed!!!

85 Serin July 23, 2012 at 8:39 am

Indeed it’s a superb story especially for since I have come to foreign country to work and earn, however things going difficult may cos it’s just the second day… but I’ll read this everyday to inculcate this in my routine life… it’s difficult but not impossible :)

86 ravi July 26, 2012 at 6:23 am

It’s really a worthy story to follow. I will be following this to live happily

87 Naveen Kumar August 3, 2012 at 12:45 am

Amazing…. wonderful story it gave more enthusiasm to me…

88 Reena August 8, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Nice oneeeeeeeee

89 J.S.Sunil Kumar August 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Wow…nice.. I want to be like him..

90 Ani August 12, 2012 at 9:47 am


91 Priyanka Ojha August 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Really a great & inspiring story………If each personson could be like jerry then then their will be no problem rather then a solutions :)

92 Irosha Samrnyk August 18, 2012 at 1:14 am

This kind of articles help us in our life. Request every1 to read it, understand and apply in ur life. THANKS SO MUCH

93 Preety August 19, 2012 at 7:20 am

Very nice story.

94 Suvarna August 19, 2012 at 11:31 am

Nice, inspiring story…thanks

95 ASHOK KR SHARMA August 21, 2012 at 8:40 am

Really I was inspired after going through this positive story.

96 PINAL August 23, 2012 at 12:00 am

Really, I like this motivational & inspirational story.

97 Hirak August 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Nice one, attitude and perception are the two main key things in life!

98 Cornel August 27, 2012 at 12:57 am

A gr8t one, I choose, I choose, I choose 2 live.

99 Ravi Mittal August 27, 2012 at 5:08 am

It’s Great loving positive story..thanks..

100 Sangeetha September 4, 2012 at 2:21 am

Great positive attitude you have Jerry… very impressed and motivated tooo.

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