Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sunday musings

Well, today is a huge football day -- two playoff games, so I know where Bill will be most of the day! I think I will either go shopping or perhaps take in a movie. I've been wanting to see "The Bucket List." We'll see.

In the meantime, I wanted to post another thought-provoking email sent to me by my wonderful friend Bob in Ohio. In my mid-life introspection, this also has good advice, similar to the hot chocolate one. Thanks, Bob!! :-)

The Law of the Garbage Truck

How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood? Well listen to these words of wisdom!!!!!

I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, 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's back end by just inches!

The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was friendly. So, I said, "Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!"

And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."

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 if you let them, they'll dump it on you. When someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally. You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You'll be happy you did.

So this was it: "The Law of the Garbage Truck."

I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home, on the streets? It was that day I said, "I'm not going to do it anymore." The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day. What about you?

Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets.