02/23/13 Weekend Grif.Net – Law of the Garbage Truck

[CC in Houston forwarded these thoughts. No clue of origin.]

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, ‘Hey, 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 said, “You know, 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, so
sometimes they’ll dump it on you.”

His advice? “Don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and
move on. Don’t pick up the garbage others are trying to get rid of. If you
do, you’ll take it with you and will end up dumping it on people around you,
at work, at home, or on the streets.”

“If you want to be happy, do not let garbage trucks – your own or other
people’s – overtake your day. Let go anything that’s not positive.”

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

“Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t.”

Good advice.

~~
Dr Bob Griffin
bob@grif.net www.grif.net
“Jesus Knows Me, This I Love!”

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