A Place of Grace

Thought of the Week

    by Susan

    August 21, 2017

(Note:  A Place of Grace is published on a weekly basis)



Law Of The Garbage Truck

Ever wonder what makes some people so angry, bitter, and just downright mean? You know the saying, “walk a mile in my shoes”? In my everyday life I see a lot of frustrated, angry, and hurt people. Some decide you just happened by at the wrong time and their wrath spills all over you. Their garbage bags are opened and thrown at you because they can’t live with the stink; they decide to heave it at you. It could have been a medical report that was devastating, a financial crisis that sent them into a tailspin, a relationship loss, cheating spouse, defiant children or just any number of reasons that caused them to react. I love this little story and the “Law of the Garbage Truck” by Meir Kay.

”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 and 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, so 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! "Faith is not believing that God can, it is knowing that God will."


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