One Really Bad Day
Some people think a positive attitude is along the lines of, “The Sun is shining and the grass is green, and all is right with the world.” This may be a nice way of thinking, but it has little basis in the real world. The reality is, sometimes it’s cloudy and rainy, and grass can wither.
Yes, sometimes bad things happen. One can let bad things defeat them, or one can find a positive aspect in the worst events. A positive attitude is a survival mechanism that can help someone live through almost any situation.
This brings us to the story of a man who had one really bad day.
Author’s note: This story is presented as a work of fiction. Any similarity to actual persons or events is known only to the author.
One morning, a man was driving to work. As he passed through an intersection with a green light, a two ton truck ran a red light at a high rate of speed. In the middle of the intersection, the truck T-boned him right on the driver's side door. He was hit so hard, the car was flung out of a four lane intersection, off the road, into a pole. The big metal pole that holds the lights bent. The impact was so hard, the seatbelt broke his ribs. The whiplash broke his neck. The dashboard dropped down and shattered his right knee. The entire car was crunched around his body. Glass flew into his eyes, blinding him. He was helplessly trapped in a cocoon of steel, and couldn't see a thing, his eyes closed by glass.
It would have been easy to panic, or injure himself, further, but a policeman came to his car door, and calmed him down. The officer became his eyes, describing the situation, how things looked, what was being done for the rescue. Through the officers eyes, the man could see the massive effort unfolding, which involved both the jaws of life and a crane, and over a dozen people. The policeman stayed with him throughout the entire ordeal, till he was safely in the ambulance. When his eyes were washed out in the emergency room, and he could see again, the policeman was nowhere around. He didn't stay there, waiting for a thank you, or applause. He was just helping a person in need, and moved on.
The man did, however, see his boss in the emergency room. He had come across the accident site, and went to the hospital, following the ambulance. And then the man did the damnedest thing. On the table, smashed, broken, half paralyzed, and in horrible pain, he looked at his boss and said, "Ed, I think I'm going to take the rest of the day off." And the room laughed!
Right then and there, the man knew he had been blessed. Whatever might become of his body after the accident, The Lord had left him his mind, and his sense of humor. As long as he had them, he knew he would overcome any adversity.
And he did! His recovery from injuries that would leave almost anybody crippled for life, were..... Well, Do you believe in miracles? Knee shattered, literally flattened by the dash board, neck broken, right side paralyzed… The owner of the wrecker service that hauled off what was left of the man’s car, said that in eighteen years, she had never seen a car that badly wrecked, that someone came out alive from.
So the man knew that he was ahead of the game. He had an absolute certainty that a higher Power had saved him. And he knew, in the deepest part of himself, that he would be all right.
And he did overcame! A brilliant surgeon rebuilt his right knee from scratch, using what was left, using bone from the man’s hip, and using metal plates, to hold it all together. Another master surgeon repaired his neck, carefully realigning the pieces of vertebrae, and fusing his neck together with metal plates. The rest of him healed slowly, but the rest of him did heal.
And as if one miracle was not enough, he was suddenly blessed with another. Two months after the accident, two weeks after the neck surgery, the paralysis wore off on his right side. He now had full use of his arms, and his legs were healing. He thought he was a strong man, but he wept like a child, when he first realized that his right arm worked again.
Right then and there, he swore he would get his life back.
Months spent in a nursing home, in a halo, months of physical therapy, nights he couldn't sleep from pain. He endured and overcame it all.
One incident in the nursing home truly put his situation into perspective. There was a resident there. She was in her thirties. She used to be a ballet dancer. She was also in a bad car accident. She suffered severe brain damage. She couldn’t walk or talk, and had no awareness of the world around her. She just sat in her chair. She had to be hand fed. She could do nothing.
But late one night... late at night... 2 or 3 in the morning, the man woke up, got in his wheelchair, and restlessly roamed the halls, alone, except for the girl.
And the girl left her wheelchair, and began dancing in the hall, moving beautifully, to some music only she and God could hear. It broke the man’s heart!
And he was so very thankful! He didn’t have it so bad! His body might have been a mess, but his mind was crystal sharp! As long as he had his mind, he had everything!
And he did, indeed, recover. He had been to Hell and back so many times, he’s earned frequent burner points. But he survived more than many people ever could. The man credits three things.
He has an unshakable belief in God. Period.
He has an incredible sense of humor. No matter how bad things get, no matter how serious things are, he can find a positive aspect.
And he has a will of iron. He never gives up. Never gives up.
Every life has a negative side. But every life also has a positive side. Whatever happens to you, always look for the positive.