Law of the Garbage Truck
From Angela -
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,
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!
It is tough for me too - because I'm 58 and these are my retirement (?) years. Instead of being free to live my own life - it is not possible right now. I live my life as a mom - yet I'm a grandmother.
So having two women - both struggling in their lives wanting to be in different places is really hard. No matter how much you love one another and how close you are - you will never see out of the same eyes.
She's in a very stressful job. Then when she gets home she has more stress with her son - who I have to admit takes a lot of work. She brings work home. And on and on.
She is just frustrated. Frustrated with everyone. In my heart I think she is more frustrated with herself - then anyone else - because of the situation she is in. It's hard I know. But it is also hard being the one that she gets so frustrated with all the time.
She's mad at me because I get too involved with the GS and I do. But how do I not? The first five years I raised him and took care of him all day. Then next five I get him ready in the am and I take care of him until she gets home. Then I go with him to all his after school activities. I am a big part of his life. I think the problem is she's overwhelmed, has short fuse, and lacks patience. I'm old and I just don't see things as important as she does. And when she gets frustrated at the GS - I do tend to over protect him from that.
I'm the caretaker and part of the 'team' until it is something she deems something important then I am not supposed to be involved. It gets confusing and over whelming - not only for her but for me too. This is what is happening in this generation. A lot of kids come home. Then there is this problem - of two women living in the same house.
I'm not really looking for an answer or compliments about how good I am doing this. I guess I am venting. I feel so heavy today. My head and heart feel heavy. I've been praying. I've been working hard on it. And I am in God's waiting room wondering what to do.
I don't know and I don't know if an answer is soon. But I do know I need to continue to pray and not give up. Fight the negativity and throw it out in the garbage but it is hard. But I am going to do it.
Any one with any hope for ole Chatty out there today?
"Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road."
– Dag Hammarskjöld
Keeping my eyes up towards Heaven today.