The Power of Positive Attitude – Ahmed’s Story!!

Ahmed is the kind of guy you love to hate. 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 natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Ahmed 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 Ahmed and asked him, “I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?”
Ahmed replied, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself, ‘Ahmed, 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 isn’t that easy,” I protested.
“Yes, it is,” Ahmed 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 is: It’s your choice how you live life.”

I reflected on what Ahmed said. Soon thereafter, I left the tower 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 Ahmed was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Ahmed was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

I saw Ahmed 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 accident took place. “The first thing that went through my mind was the well being of my soon-to-be- born daughter,” Ahmed replied.
“Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?” I asked.
Ahmed continued, “The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the Emergency 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 Ahmed. “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, ‘Gravity.’ Over their laughter, I told them, ‘I want to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead’.”
Ahmed lived, and passed through the difficult phase because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, makes a big difference in Life.

22 Responses to The Power of Positive Attitude – Ahmed’s Story!!

  1. Ahmed Issa July 1, 2014 at 7:22 PM #

    I wonder what keeps you motivated to
    collect and send these intresting articles

  2. Ramakrishnan Ranganathn December 27, 2013 at 9:15 PM #

    It’s an old story. Only the English name is changed to Mr Ahmed. If you want, I can send you the original one. Would be nice if such plagiarism is avoided and the originals published intead.

  3. sharif123 September 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM #

    Great moral.

  4. Ahmed June 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM #

    thanx sara for a very motivational story… look guys what we need today is motivation as narrated by sara… sara you are doing a tremendous job by giving us stories like this… never get depressed or sad or lonely… if you feel depressed read a motivational story mailed by sara and it will pump you, sure… i just like to thanx sara again on behalf of all of us for doing such a nice thing….

    • Sara - Admin June 25, 2012 at 2:17 PM #

      Thanks a lot Ahmed….your words are motivating!

  5. neveen May 18, 2012 at 6:30 AM #

    life has good sides and bad sides but every person is responsible to how he/she would react to either of the situations!!!! and ya i agree that every person called ahmad or mohammad would be ammmmmmmazing !!!!!!

  6. affan akbar May 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM #

    Nice Story, but we have to concern on another thing. that is the difference between positivity and optimism, a person has to be a positive thinker as well as an optimistic thinker, what is the difference?
    A positive thinker is not a designer of life, he only can do the first half right, yes he can tell ‘this is for good’ ‘what happened is for a good reason’ ‘all is well’, but he will not produce an efficient outcome from that lose, but an optimistic thinker will complete the second part, he will make the dreams true, he gives hopes upon the life and future and guide towards achivements.

    try not to have the positivity alone but try to have both together.

    Salams to All. wassalam

  7. nizamhm May 16, 2012 at 7:20 PM #

    Positive approach never fails. Positive thinking leads to healthiest and peaceful life.

    Each and every thing has two sides, people normally see one side (negative side) and ruin their life. They do not see the other side (positive side). There will be lessons, fortunes, way to success, happiness, God’s grace etc., etc., to have the life meaningful.

  8. Harif May 16, 2012 at 5:26 PM #

    Let me quote our Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam: “Difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you. But to help you realise your hidden POTENTIAL and POWER. Let Difficulties know that you too are Difficult”

  9. mimi May 16, 2012 at 4:38 PM #

    Actually, it is very rare to have such people in our world , and what puzzles me is the fact that we are muslims who should be always positive, but we find westerners talking more on positive thinking(e.g. Jim Rhon). i know that it is not exclusive but why not us?????

  10. Ahmad January 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM #

    What else would you expect from someone named Ahmad? I’m proud of my father who gave me the same name – Ahmad

    • AMINA May 17, 2012 at 9:44 AM #

      the name Ahmed is our Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) name.. so a person named Ahmed has to be positive.. his name is POSITIVE.. 🙂 SubhanAllah. but one lesson we learn is that difficulties come but one should always see the bright outcome in life.

  11. Javednizam January 24, 2012 at 8:10 AM #

    All those people who can ignore the things and let go the serious situation in life and think  if you have to travel at sea then why to worry from strong winds and storms. When storm do come in your life  dont say storm you are serious and huge to me say you are nothing and my GOD is too big to handle you. Storm never stay and dive away

  12. Zikiru September 13, 2010 at 7:05 PM #

    What a breathtaking, movtivational and inspiring story. I choose to live long and happier.

    • Ahmad January 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM #

      You can choose to live happier but not long. That decision belongs to God

  13. Noor Imran August 17, 2010 at 8:32 PM #

    That was a good story. I wish there were more people like michael nowadays.

  14. Big said May 18, 2010 at 3:48 AM #

    will surely do according to the gospel by Michael. Have learnt a good lesson.

  15. amjad bhatti April 4, 2010 at 10:31 AM #

    good lesson and positively written material, well thought and very good mental approach.

  16. inas April 3, 2010 at 9:04 PM #

    waw..amaziiiing story..i ll do it isa

    • isa May 16, 2012 at 4:56 PM #

      I never told you to do anything… I deny it all…

      *runs away*

  17. shadwa March 27, 2010 at 7:13 PM #

    awwww its people like this who inspires you to change your life