Saturday, March 29, 2008

The Law of the Garbage Truck

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 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 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.'

I received this from my sister-in-law in my e-mail this morning. Wanted to share it with my friends. It is so true. This sister-in-law just finished radiation and chemo for a tumor along her one lung and they thought she had a spot on her one rib, but apparently have now decided it's scarring from having her ribs broken a few times in the past. But soon she will be going through more radiation (as a precaution), this time it will be beamed to her head (brain). So please everyone think happy thoughts for her. Her name is Marilyn.


Old Wom Tigley said...

Thats fine words of advice Patty...
I was surprised to see you have time to do any blogging at all today... poor Abe feeling unwell needing lots of Tender Loving Care... and where are you when her needs you... Blogging.. ha! I sent him a message today about getting himself a hand bell so as he can summon you at will.. hope you have a great weekend and Abe dose not suffer with Man Flu to long... poor chap..

Renie Burghardt said...

Happy thoughts and prayers for Marilyn!