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"I SEE GARBAGE TRUCKS"

Saturday, October 05, 2013

"I SEE GARBAGE TRUCKS"



Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson.
I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab.
This is what happened:

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 brakes, skidded,
and missed the other car by mere inches! The driver of
the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident,
whipped his head around and started yelling bad words at us.
My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.
And I mean, he was actually friendly!
So, I asked him, "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 about
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.
Instead, just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.
You'll be happier because 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 then take their garbage and spread it
onto other people: at work, at home, on the streets?
It was that day I resolved, "I'm not going to do it anymore,"
then I, too, began to see Garbage Trucks.
Like in the movie "The Sixth Sense," the little boy said,
"I see Dead People" well, now "I see Garbage Trucks."
I see the load they're carrying ... I see them coming to drop it off.
And like my Taxi Driver, I don't make it a personal thing;
I just smile, wave, wish them well, and I move on.

One of my favorite football players of all time,
Walter Payton, did this every day on the football field.
He would jump up as quickly as he hit the ground after being tackled.
He never dwelled on a hit and was ready to make the next play his best.
Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting.
Good parents know that they have to welcome
their children home from school with hugs and kisses.
Leaders and parents know that they have to be fully present,
and at their best for the people they care about.
The bottom line is that successful people do not let
Garbage Trucks take over their day.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
What would happen in your life, starting today,
if you let more Garbage Trucks simply pass you by?
Here's my bet ... You'll be happier.
Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so ...
Love the people who treat you right;
Forget about the ones who don't.
Believe that everything happens for a reason.
If you get a chance ... take it and if it changes your life ... let it!
Nobody said it would be easy
They just promised it would be worth it!
~Author Unknown





thanks for dropping by my blog...
always appreciate your support.....
blessings and hugs.......lita

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CHUBRUB3 10/18/2013 2:36PM

    I love this!!
Hugs,
Angela

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AQUAGIRL08 10/9/2013 6:37AM

    What a great blog! As always, it was just what I needed to read today!
Hugs,
Cyndi

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NISSANGIRL 10/8/2013 7:55AM

    emoticon blog! Love the way he thinks!!! and I wish we could all take a lesson from his handbook! thanks for posting this Lita!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 10/8/2013 12:52AM

    Good reminder. Smile, wish them well and move on!

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 10/7/2013 4:52PM

    Great blog! Thank you for sharing.

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LINOVER 10/7/2013 4:23PM

    I like the way you think! emoticon

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SMITTY4RL 10/7/2013 7:24AM

    It's a different perspective and one I like, thanks for sharing! (You had a wise taxi driver!)

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LIVINHEALTHY9 10/6/2013 8:16PM

    How interesting!

Thanks, Lita

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CATIATM 10/6/2013 11:55AM

    Oh my heavens, I needed this. Thank you, Lita!

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KELPIE57 10/6/2013 6:56AM

    Wise words emoticon emoticon

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CRUISEBOUND2014 10/6/2013 6:38AM

    emoticon blog! Thank you for sharing!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/6/2013 1:19AM

    This is wonderful Lita. I love this, so so true!

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FLEMIDG 10/6/2013 12:28AM

    Awesome blog, Lita. Thanks so much for sharing. I too have had my share of garbage trucks dumping on me. I am not going to let that happen any more. Hope you're having a fantastic weekend. emoticon

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DEE107 10/6/2013 12:09AM

    thank you WOO HOO

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NELLIEH1 10/5/2013 9:16PM

    Thanks, Lita! Good way to be! emoticon

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2ABBYNORMAL 10/5/2013 9:14PM

    Well said. I believe in this fully.
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JACKIE542 10/5/2013 8:52PM

    Another great blog, I will keep the no garbage truck pledge!! Thank You Lita, emoticon Jackie

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    emoticon I'm going to share your Blog with my non-SP friends.

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HONOURIA 10/5/2013 8:31PM

    I think I have a pile of faith that God takes care of the balances. I've seen how economical he is and how he does indeed repay in his own time, and in his own way. And he does a better job than I ever would. So I just let it go by.

For those who have a different set of beliefs....there's always the idea of karma. When somebody does something nasty to me or anyone, I just say: Wow. That person has some seriously bad karma coming to them. What goes around...etc.

All of which leaves me to avoid the bad guys and keep smiling'



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PMRUNNER 10/5/2013 8:30PM

    Thanks for sharing that!

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JSTETSER 10/5/2013 8:19PM

    You made my day!
I think that you must be a flower truck! emoticon

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DMEYER4 10/5/2013 7:55PM

  I was also surrounded by them today in the traffic . I wish I had read this before going out and maybe I would not have let them bother me either. I will take your pledge. have a great day

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I was surrounded by a whole convoy of them in traffic today...yeesh!

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