This is from an email from a friend. I don't know who to credit with originally writing it. It is well worth passing along, so here goes.
"The 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. Do not 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.' You gotta love them too!"
The person that sent this email to me ended it the words, "May God Smile On You Today."
Thanks, Donna for this wonderful lesson from your forwarded email.
I would add a few more words to this. Bless those people as you send them on their way. I didn't same damn them. I said bless them. Haven't most of us been there, done that, and then later regretted our actions and words. I hope that more of you will remember this garbage truck analogy the next time you find yourself in the position of blasting someone for being in your way. We all have way too much stress in our lives. Blowing off stream by blasting someone else isn't the way to release our frustrations. Stop, take a breath, and think about your blessings instead. You are alive today. Enjoy it. Have a glorious day.