Wednesday, January 18, 2012

'Garbage Truck' Theory of Life

A friend recently shared with me the 'Garbage Truck' Theory of Life.

How do you deal with mean-spirited, unhappy people who think they they can feel bigger by making others feel small? Or perhaps they just don't realize their frustration and anger is bleeding onto the unsuspecting and the innocent.

The simple truth is that some people are like overflowing garbage trucks and can't figure out how to get rid of their trash in a dignified way.

So they toss it on unsuspecting people.

The trick is not to let it stick by following 4 easy steps:

1) Let it slide off.
2) Smile and wave.
3) Wish them well.
4) Move on.

There is power in being the bigger person. :)

It is not easy to apply in all situations, but you gotta admit when embraced properly--it does make for a less stressful life.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Finding JOY in YOUR Journey

On Sunday, January 1, 2012 I attended church and heard two talks, one about living a compassionate life and one on finding joy in ‘the journey of life’. Both were inspiring. The first had me examining whether I take all the opportunities I should to give service to those around me.  The second made me realize, once again, that attitude is a choice. We all have 24 hours each day in which to live or exist, merely checking off our to-do lists or finding joy in our everyday lives. 

It’s the difference between: ‘I get to’ and ‘I got to’ do something. It’s also the difference between counting your blessings and seeing burdens. You can ‘get to’ make a memory with your son by helping him with his pinewood derby car or you can complain quietly to yourself  that his project is just one more thing you’ve ‘got to’ do.

There is no magic time in life when everything is done, your spouse’s life has become uncomplicated, the kids have all started school, moved out or reached some other milestone when you can finally say: “NOW I have plenty of time to write my book, learn to paint, grow a garden, make a new friend, scrapbook a lifetime of photos or whatever it is you don’t think you have time for now.”

Today you have 24 hours to tick off your to-do list, give a smile, offer a compassionate word or hug, take a few minutes to lift another’s burden and find simple pleasures in the unique journey of YOUR life. 

2012 has just begun. With an attitude of gratitude for the blessings we already have, I KNOW much joy can be found for each of us. A year from now, may January 2013 find each of you with plenty of fond memories of a great 2012. Now get busy making those memories: Laugh Lots… Love Much… Write ON!