Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Law of the Garbage Truck

Live every day as a gift from the Lord.
... b'cuz it is ... plain and simple.
(Thanks Corinne:)

In loving memory of a great fellow pilgrim.  Experiencing a gnawing need right now for the inspiration she so freely and regularly dispensed among us, I've rifled thru my Keeper's File 
for a fitting forward sent long ago and stored 
for such a moment as this:

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 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,
.... 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, home or on the street.
The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day.
Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.
Love the people who treat you right,
Pray for those who don't.

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it.
Go and have a garbage-free day!

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