Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Law Of The Garbage Truck~

Joyce has given permission for fellow bloggers to post this. It is wonderful!

The Law of the Garbage Truck

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded , and missed the other car by just inches!

The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean he was really friendly. So I asked, “Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!" This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so . . . . .

Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't. Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Have a blessed, garbage-free day.


Personal Note: This reminds me of the time I found myself driving the wrong way in a McDonald's parking lot with a car full of kids. My mother had recently passed on, my marriage was a shambles, and I was stressed beyond measure. All I wanted to do was get some lunch for the kids. Needless to say, the gentleman who was going the right way in the parking lot had little patience or understanding of my mistake and made hand gestures at me while also hurling ugly words at me. In response I hollered,"God loves you!" Years later, Navy Man, reminded me of that day and said he was amazed at how I repsonded to the man. I told him you never know what the other fellow is going through, maybe he had just buried his own mother, too. It's true...we do not have to continue spreading other peoples garbage-or our own.



Betty said...

Hi Phyllis,

You have posted a good message for today and one that we all need to remember.

Just thought I'd stop by to say 'hi' since it's been a while since I visited. Hope your week is going well for you so far.


Joyce said...

Thanks for passing it on. I believe this has a message we all need. Have a great rest of the week.

Love and Hugs,

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