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Monday, February 23, 2009

Law of the Garbage Truck

My sister sent this to me. I for one do not typically wave and smile in this situation. Let's just say it's one of my "growth areas." This applies to all aspects of our lives, though and I thought it was worth sharing.
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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!

Now ... go have yourself a blessed, garbage-free day!

' Aleph' Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD. (Psalm 119:1 NIV)

so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe (Philippians 2:15 NIV)


Andrea said...

What an AWESOME post. Praying we dont let the garbage pile up in our lives.

Jenniflower said...

How very true!!! Thank you for this super post :)

Laurie said...

Great analogy! I will remind myself of that when others don't treat me as I'd like and I will try to dump my garbage at the Cross- daily:)

Edie said...

This is a thought I need to keep on my mind. Wonder if I could remember to wave...

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Unknown said...

I've seen this before, and it is again a good reminder of who I want to be, "not a garbage truck"!


Spring M Fricks said...

I love this! I'll be using this phrase from here on out!