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Lähetä Attitude Vastaa lainaamalla viestiä
Choices in Life

Sufyan is the kind of guy everyone loves. 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 unique manager because he had several waiters who
had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the
waiters followed Sufyan was because of his attitude. He was a natural

If an employee was having a bad day, Sufyan 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 Sufyan and
asked him, I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all of the
time. How do you do it?"

Sufyan replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Sufyan, you
have two choices today. You can chose 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," Sufyan 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 Sufyan said. Soon thereafter, I left the
restaurant 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 Sufyan 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, Sufyan was found
relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma enter. After 18
hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Sufyan was released from
the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Sufyan 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

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," Sufyan 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. Sufyan
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
deadman'. 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 Sufyan.

"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'."

Sufyan 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.

"The one who is (truly) imprisoned is the one whose heart is imprisoned from Allah, and the captivated one is the one whose desires have enslaved him." Ibn Taymiyah
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