It’s a Good Friday and I certainly learnt something good today. I always learn a lot from life. Whatever comes my way tends to teach me a thing or two. Even the most absurd of things carry a lot of lessons that help shape a person and their future.
I took a taxi today to a meeting I was really late for. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a Range Rover 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. I couldn’t help but marvel. Dude was arrogant. That taught me something. Some people are so arrogant in life because of the things they have achieved. People tend to forget the MAN who even blessed them with such riches.
This was a man who was smoking and never cared about other people on the road. I can say he never even cared about his life too. He has been so engrossed in the belief that driving a Range Rover which happens to be an expensive car makes him a human being above others. Pride always comes before a fall.
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 our graves! ‘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 in the streets. We all get disappointed in life. We all get betrayed. People even deny us.
Remember Peter denied Jesus today. From the garden of Gethsemane to the cross, Jesus went through 14 stations of suffering. Every single thing that happened had a meaning. I will delve into that on another post. Even on the cross, He said, “Father, forgive them…..” We must learn to cope with the situations that we encounter each and every day. People will dump their garbage on you. People will try to make you do the unthinkable but you must exercise restraint and make sure you overcome….and after overcoming, try not to dump yours on other people. The other people could be your children, wife, husband, friends, neighbors or even acquaintances.
The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. You are a successful person. You are a conqueror. You are a champion!
Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love those who treat you right.
Pray for the ones who don’t and cause a change in people’s lives. That is the essence of Easter.
Have a garbage-free life!