Monday, February 14, 2011

Law of the Garbage Truck

I haven't posted in a while because my mind right now isn't thinking creatively. Unfortunately it's in negative mode and that makes it hard to be creative. It's not often that I get like this. Usually when life knocks me down, I just jump right back up and smile and say, "Oh c' that the best you got?" I don't let things get me down.

But recently it seems like everything gets me down. It may all just be in my head, maybe I'm entering the change of life...I don't know. But I don't like it.

Today a co-worker sent me the following little story and it struck a chord with me because this is what I feel is happening to me right now. A bunch of little garbage-carrying trucks are running around and unloading on me and usually I can just get up, dust it all off and go on. But when it's too much garbage you just can't get clean and you carry it around and you feel dirty and grungy and nasty and just not yourself.

So I'm going to try to take a long cleansing breath, a long hot mental shower and scrub all that garbage off and get back to my normal, happy, silly, self because I really do miss blogging, I miss being creative and I miss sharing my life, (bland as it may be) with everyone.

Law of the Garbage Truck

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. 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.

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

Have a garbage-free day!


  1. That is a great post Alicia. I'm sorry you are having some low points but I know you will pull through this. I'll remember that Garbage truck analogy during my days. {{{hugs)}}}

  2. Alicia, I hate hearing that you've been down. I wish there was something I could do to cheer you up and get you back on track.

    I love the law of the garbage truck. What a great story and one that resonates with me as well.

    Hugs to you my friend. Let the sun shine in.

  3. Donnie - Thanks so much. I know I'll pull through it too. I just start worrying that I've lost my blogging

  4. JarieLyn - Thank you so much! Yours and Donnie's kind words have helped immensely already! Thanks for sending sunshine my way :-D


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