this story so I could redistribute it? Because even though it is addressed at a
mail address which no one knows is related to me, and my mail program flags it
as junk mail, it is absolutely the kind of story I could use on my weblog. But
I’ve just learned that all these mechanisms like spam, viruses, scams, etc. are
just that: mechanisms to get the word out.
anything, so I safely could right? Also it is in a private E-mail to myself, so
I can safely quote since you didn’t tell me it requires restriction…..
subscribed to veremail from email@example.com simply because at that
moment, I did not own the domain nothere.nl! But thanks for the very
appropriate confirmation that I’m on the right track.
A message from…
McAsey-Marketing Strategies Coach
As you study the meaning of this short story you will discover even though
Maggie is a grown woman her mother is still teaching her lessons.
Maggie describes her 84-year-old mother as living on her own, by herself, in
a small town in Vermont. She has 3 grown kids (including Maggie)who live in the
same town. At least once a day, at least one of the kids checks in on her. One
day in the late fall she was walking down her long gravel driveway to her
mailbox. On her way back to the house, she stumbled, fell into the ditch and
broke her hip. She lay there for four and a half hours before Maggie stopped
by on her way home from work and found her. She called 911 and got her to
The next morning Maggie was visiting her in the hospital and this is the
conversation she described. She said to her mother, "Mom, weren’t you scared
laying there with a broken hip for four and a half hours? She said, "Not at all.
I knew one of you kids would be by." Then Maggie said, "Well, you must have been
in an awful lot of pain!" Her mom said, "Maggie, when I fell, I landed right in
this pile of leaves, and they smelled sooooo good!"
Finally Maggie said, "Well, you must have been freezing because all you had
on was a light sweater!" She responded, "You know, every once in awhile the sun
would come out from behind a cloud and I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated
sunshine as much as I did yesterday." There was nothing he could say that would
bring her down. Do you think that is because she "felt" that way? Or do you
think that is because that is the way she decided to live her life? It’s all
about the choices we make every day of our lives.
Most people decide how they are based upon the circumstances – based upon
their feelings at the time. One of the most important lessons that I’ve learned
is that the feelings follow the behavior, not the other way around. Every day we
get to choose our attitude by how we choose to behave. It’s very difficult to
behave one way and feel another. So choose a positive attitude, regardless
of the circumstances.
If you wait for everything in your life to line up perfectly so you can have
a positive attitude… your job, your business, your spouse, your teenage kids –
you will never have a positive attitude. What do you think is more attractive in
life, business or relationships? a positive attitude or a negative attitude?
Which do you think will attract more success in your life? Which do you think
will attract more abundance? Which do you think will attract more people that
you want to be around and want to be around you?
The next time you hear someone say, "I’m doing pretty well under the
circumstances." why don’t you ask them, "Well, what are you doing under there
I know some of you are thinking, "Well, if you had everything going on in
your life that I have going on in mine, you wouldn’t be enthusiastic and
positive either." Then you miss the point.
Attitude is a choice.
It is 5% what happens to you and 95% how you choose to respond.