“Positive Thinking”

“Positive Thinking” by Francie Baltazar-Schwartz(source)

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.


4 thoughts on ““Positive Thinking”

  1. first of all reading that story give very positive thinking and give that power to feel good and trying my best to be always in good mood and have the faith that everything will be fine.i like jerry s personality how he can manage everything .that story it made me learnd choose to be happy when im sad and be happy when i fell i wanna cry and be in good mood no matter what happen.also dont let any body bother and change my mood .that story teach me how life its all about choices when u choose to be good and fine u will be .positive attitude help to deal with the worst thing how to mange ur anger and mood and persoality .i learn form him that every day we live in this world its every day for hope and chioce to live fully.

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    1. Positive thinking does have a huge impact on a person’s everyday life and that, although it is a choice, positivity from a person also influences another person’s mood. After all, I would rather work with people who have a positive attitude rather than a negative one.

      As far as your writing skills go, when I was in high school, I was writing pretty much the same as you. My participation in the online community is partly to be a factor because no one really cared for proper writing techniques as long as I made my point across. But, when I started college and took my first English class, I realized that I had a lot to work on.

      There are two things I want you to start practicing on. First, make sure you capitalize the first letter of the first word in each sentence. And second, the period mark comes immediately after the last word in a sentence, not immediately before the first word in a sentence. For example, “First of all, reading that story … that everything will be fine.” Formally, there should be two spaces between each sentence, although, we usually don’t add two spaces in informal writing, like in Facebook or when typing an email to a friend. Check out the “Help!” link in the menu icon for more information on capitalization and punctuation marks.


  2. Reading this story has opened my eyes to the fact that you can almost always focus on at least one positive out of every situation in life. It was truly amazing that even though Jerry was in a life threatening situation he never once gave into any negative emotions or actions. I tend to think of myself as a pretty patient and positive thinking person but there have been countless times where I only seem to see the negative. The way that Jerry describes that you can “choose to be in a good mood or choose to be in bad mood” really proves to me that we as human beings are in control of how we act and react to things. Even now in my life there are things that I find very hard to see anything positive in. Jerry’s words and experience have helped show me that I need to persevere and that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I truly hope that other people who are going through tough times will one day be able to recognize this as well.

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    1. I agree with you, Lukas. Being positive or negative is a choice, though it is a challenge to try and change your mind in an instant. Interestingly to note, having negative thoughts is healthy as well because it is a way of brainstorming, a way of understanding consequences, and a way to figure out if the issue is worth it.

      Thanks for your post. Just like last time, continue to work on your punctuation marks. To get a review on that topic, you can go to the “Help!” link under the menu icon.


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