This coming Wednesday is garbage day in our neighborhood – the day when the municipality carts away bags of worthless, useless and spoiled items no longer needed or wanted by the households.
This got me thinking about the amount of garbage we pick up daily and store within us. I’m talking about our reactions to things like perceived slights, criticisms, annoyances and frustrations – the things that leave ‘stinky’ impressions on us for hours or even days.
For some reason many of us let other people’s behavior affect our mood and litter our inner dialogue with icky, sticky negative thoughts which hold on like globs of gum stuck to our shoes.
Maybe that’s why some of us need garbage days – days to remind us to refocus on what’s important in our lives and let go of the small stuff.
Here’s a story I think you’ll enjoy.
I hopped in a taxi the other day 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.
And don’t let the garbage truck take over your day. Life’s too short for that. ‘Love the people who treat you right. Forgive for the ones who don’t.’
Hope you have a garbage-free day.