Friday, October 31, 2008

Keep Your Joy Intact!

My friend, Soh Yah, sent me this article by email. Thought I would share with my readers.


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? That guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!"

That 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 will 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. Wish well for the ones who don't."

Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!

Very often, quarrels and fights take place because the other party could not accept the insults, rudeness, etc. inflicted on them.

Papa used to say that thieves can rob us of money, and material possessions, but they can never rob us of our joy because it is contained right inside of us. From the above illustraion, we realise that we should never allow anyone to dump his garbage on us. We must never allow circumstances or nasty people to rob us of our joy for life is too short even to be miserable for a few moments!

Gan Chau

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