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 breaks, 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 (frustration, anger, and disappointment, etc.). 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."
My SIL is a garbage truck. She blames everyone else for her problems. She dumps nasty things all over her family that is trying to help her. Karma is going to bite her real hard and I am trying to pray for her. She needs it desperately.
Friday, April 18, 2008
We had an earthquake this morning. It was crazy! At 4:37 am the shaking was so rough that it woke us up instantly! My first thought was OMG-do I need to get Natalie out of bed and stand in the door frame? Rich's first thought was OMG-this is so awesome! (insert eye rolly here)! Turns out the Epi-centre was only 40 miles from here! We live in the Midwest. We are in Tornado Alley, so we are used to that but not so much earthquakes. We do however live right on top of the New Madrid Fault Line. Most people don't know that there is a fault line right in the middle of the country. We also felt a few aftershocks very soon after the original earthquake. Several hours later, we felt again another aftershock. Crazy!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Sprinkles make everything taste good. This is, of course, according to my 4 year old. Sprinkles on cereal. Sprinkles on spaghetti noodles. Sprinkles on spagettios. You name it, she wants sprinkles on it. At first, I was like no way! You are NOT putting sprinkles on everything. But now, as long as she eats it, I don't care! So now, no matter what she is eating, it has sprinkles!