Tuesday, October 7, 2008

variations on a theme ...

It's always interesting how when I'm supposed to learn a lesson, I get messages from more than one source reinforcing the lesson. Guess the Universe/God wants to be sure I get the message - lol! So here're more messages I've received the past couple of days about personal power ...

I received the following e-mail the other day:

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. 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!

Added 10/8: Chris added a comment that David J. Pollay is the author of The Law of the Garbage Truck™ - Beware of Garbage Trucks™! Read the original story on David’s blog davidjpollay.typepad.com. Thanks, Chris!


And today, my Daily Om message reinforced the same theme about Avoiding Negative Vibrations and taking on others' negative energy. Excerpt:

"... The energy of laughter from a newborn baby, the feeling of joy radiating from someone in love, and the frequency of calm emanating from an enlightened teacher are just some of the energies coming from others that you may want to have around you."



I've posted before that I try not to make assumptions about others' intentions; if I'm going to assume anything, I'm going to assume positive intentions until proven otherwise. Most of us probably do the same thing, cuz who wants to carry negativity and suspicion around instead of positive energy and hope? All people really are basically good, so let's treat one another that way.

Here's hoping that others only give you the most positive, loving energy today. And may you see the signs and learn the lessons being given to you, for you.



Amber said...

That garbage truck metaphor is fantastic! I will think of that one often, Rose! You are always so wise...

Dawnie said...

what a great story! I never thought of it that way. I think its very true, I'm gonna try to remember that the next time I dump mine!

paintergal said...

The Law of the Garbage Truck...
a wise taxi driver.

Anonymous said...

Hi Rose,

Thanks for posting this great story! My name is Chris, and I work with David J. Pollay, the author of The Law of the Garbage Truck™ - Beware of Garbage Trucks™! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that you can read the original story on David’s blog davidjpollay.typepad.com I know he’d love to have you stop by!

Also check out the video of people in New York City taking the No Garbage Trucks!™ Pledge: bewareofgarbagetrucks.com. It’s pretty cool.

Thanks again!



Lady Prism said...



I need a moment to quench my smile...this is just so...


I don't want to be a garbage truck, ever. I want to be a cart. Yes, a cart. You know, like those in city street corners filled with flowers for sale. We have those here too (unfortunately, the flowers are expensive).

I want to be a flower cart and dump daisies on everybody...for free. Or maybe, if they don't like daisies, pink carnations can be an alternative...or sunflowers. It's sunny here so we have lots of those.

This is such a happy post :)
I will take this with me always.

And I will never forget you for this valuable lesson about life.

Connie said...

Dear Rose,
I love reading your blog. You always leave us with a thought, a story, a quote to look around and basically remember the golden rule. Your thoughts always touch my soul and I always come away with my spirits lifted. Now that I have fast internet I have been able to listen to your beautiful music. After God created your unique spirit, He threw away the mold - there is only one Rose and I feel so grateful that our paths have crossed in this world.


Kat said...

okay I dont know where my comment went?
The Garbage truck story will stick with me. So true. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Hi Rose, so glad I dropped in today. Your site has the positive energy and calm I want to be around!(and music...new song? nice) Thank you for your inspiration. Deep breath. Thank you.


Barbara said...

Hi! Rose Nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting and for your comments. just been scrolling through your blog. Love this tale about the taxi driver. Great wisdom.
I recently had a guy force me off the road "when I had thre right of way". I was upset. Later at home I felt God saying to me "there are no such things as right and wrong, only good and evil" This caused me to be able to pray for the guy.