Positive Thinking

by Stephen on June 13, 2011 · 245 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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{ 50 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.

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