Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Don't Live a Garbage Truck Life!

Good morning! A dear new friend sent this to me today, after receiving what I had to say in the Heavenly Perspective Good News email (went as a 5-day devotional; please let me know if you'd like to receive it!). I love it - it's SO TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you enjoy this thought, and let me know if it has an impact on your day. :) I love you, dear friend!!!

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. 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, say a prayer for them 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. Forgive the ones who don't. We're not always responsible for everything that happens to us, but we are responsible for how we react to what happens. Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Have a wonderful, garbage-free day!


Ginny said...

Thanks for sharing this story. It takes the grace of God to "smile and wave" again and again, doesn't it?

I hope you don't mind, but I sent this on to Grace's boyfriend (hopefully soon-to-be fiance, but you didn't hear that from me), who is struggling terribly in his job, and is being treated unfairly, nearly to the point of harassment. I know he knows the lesson of the story, but sometimes we need to be reminded. If Anthony comes to mind, please pray for him.

Moose Ridge said...

you always seem to have the words I need to hear when I need to hear them -- thank you!!

Dunlap TN

Becky in East Tennessee said...

WOW! I really liked this!!! Great insite!