Friday, July 18, 2008

The Law of the Garbage Truck

I subscribe to a lot of blogs because I get inspiration from them. One of the blogs I subscribe to is The Stuff I Live For written by a very talented gal named Elexis. She has some of the cutest projects as well as some great blog entries. The other day, she posted something that really hit home to me. I believe it was sent to her so she passed it along and I am glad that she did.

Here's what she posted. I hope it hits home with you, like it did for me.

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport . We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, 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 fear and disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and some times they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't let their garbage pile up on you and become an ugly, odorous weight on your life that you'll then spread to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

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.'

Make an excuse for them and let it go.

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

By the way, I just have to say that wasn't a NY taxi driver. :)


elexisb said...

thank you!

nancy and eric schwartz said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I totally agree with you and Elexis. I would like to share this on my blog. BTW...I have tried emailing you several times and it is undelivered. Did you change your email address? The blog is FABulous! We have big me so I can share our blog with you. xo me