I had to repost this from a fellow blogger, http://ryanepps.org/2010/01/28/law-of-the-garbage-truck/. It really made me evaluate what I do with unforseen people that come through my life with bad attitudes, baggage, or critical natures.
“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? That 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 — frustration, anger, 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. Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t.”
It reminds me of the “pass it on” theory of doing good things for others, but instead reversed. Much of our day can easily be tainted by the actions of those around us that aren’t having a very good day. You know, we cannot let those circumstances control our lives, but let your life (in Christ) control your circumstances. We must look at the bigger picture and see that people are acting out in that fashion because of something difficult going on in their life. Instead of continuing to be a part of the problem, why not become part of the solution. Love them and at minimum, pray for them. Stop the cycle of rudeness, hatefulness, judgment, and criticism and allow God to use you to turn it into something good.
Have a great day and don’t let the garbage slow you down! Draw people to the Father in Heaven by allowing your light to shine brightly.
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”