Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

garbage truck

An important life lesson, one that will make life so much easier is  –“Don’t take it personally. ”  This fits right along with one of my signature verses.  “Great peace have they that love Thy law and nothing shall offend them.”  Psalm 119:165
The Law of the Garbage truck!
whether it really happened or not — it is a great illustration!
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, 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!

I encourage you to take it one step further.  Many times I have been the one to encounter someone who has just been dumped on.  By offering kindness  I have seen the damage of the garbage truck reversed.

As we allow God to work in us and through us  – we bring to every situation hope — hope that God will turn ashes into beauty, mourning into joy, darkness into dawn,  and that He will make a way where there seems to be no way.  We bring God’s peace into any situation of turmoil.

So don’t take it personally; don’t fall into the offended trap.  Guard against the bitterness root.  Instead like water off a ducks back, let the harshness fall off and let God shine through you.  The more you do this, the easier it will become.

til next time


March 9, 2011 - Posted by | life lessons, ministry, Pastor's wife, relationships, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. I came across this illustration many years ago but it is ALWAYS good to be reminded of a great truth. If we determine to spread roses rather than garbage ALL lives will be happier.
    Thanks for the reminder.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds | March 10, 2011 | Reply

    • roses are so much better in more than one way 🙂

      Comment by Gloria | March 10, 2011 | Reply

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